Michael Higgs

Michael Higgs

Michael is a London-based publishing editor born with a passion for literature, theatre, music and the arts. When he isn't busy publishing new academic papers or writing reviews for Broadway World, he is also a fervent advocate of British cheese.
 




Favorite Show:

My favourite show of all time was likely Four Quartets with Ralph Fiennes. Not so much a show as a poetry reading, it was nevertheless hooking from the first word - and Fiennes is outstanding.

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Review: MOBY DICK, Wilton's Music Hall
Review: MOBY DICK, Wilton's Music Hall
April 26, 2024

A charming adaptation of Herman Melville’s masterpiece, Sebastian Armesto’s Moby Dick mixes music and drama in an effective, atmospheric production that never gets lost at sea, no matter how daunting a task it is to stage the novel.

Review: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, Royal Opera House
Review: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, Royal Opera House
March 1, 2024

Albery’s revival of his Flying Dutchman simply works: with a great cast and a smooth atmosphere created by a dreamlike ship-inspired set, it all builds towards a Gesamtkunstwerk that Wagner might have enjoyed himself. A great success, all around.

Review: THE DUCHESS OF PADUA, The Space
Review: THE DUCHESS OF PADUA, The Space
February 22, 2024

Edward Lambert's Duchess of Padua is packed full with stunning music that brings Oscar Wilde's early melodramatic epic of love and revenge to life.

Review: MANON, Royal Opera House
Review: MANON, Royal Opera House
January 18, 2024

Kenneth MacMillan's Manon is a haunting exploration of desire and sexuality, contrasting pompous extravagance with the poverty of the masses.

Review: HANSEL AND GRETEL, Royal Opera House
Review: HANSEL AND GRETEL, Royal Opera House
December 18, 2023

Antony McDonald's production simply oozes glamour and matches perfectly the opera’s quintessentially Romantic music. Eerie forests cast in twilight, cluttered huts, and old-fashioned costumes mix and mingle to give audiences a feeling of watching something straight out of the 19th century.

Review: RIGOLETTO, Royal Opera House
Review: RIGOLETTO, Royal Opera House
October 13, 2023

Mears’s production demonstrates a keen feel for drama and a genuinely brilliant reading of Verdi’s opera; when juxtaposed with a musical interpretation as potent as this, it’s a production not likely to be forgotten.

Review: THE MIKADO, Grimeborn, Arcola Theatre
Review: THE MIKADO, Grimeborn, Arcola Theatre
September 20, 2023

It maintains the opera’s timeless charm, strong wit, and with a cast that never takes itself seriously, leads to an evening that has the audience roaring with laughter.

Review: NO FOR AN ANSWER, Grimeborn, Arcola Theatre
Review: NO FOR AN ANSWER, Grimeborn, Arcola Theatre
July 28, 2023

A strong score, neat production by Mehmet Ergen and an excellent cast make it worth a watch, even if it has several plot-related issues

Review: FLYING DUTCHMAN, Grand Junction
Review: FLYING DUTCHMAN, Grand Junction
July 14, 2023

A mixed beast that roars when it comes to the music but is ultimately let down by issues surrounding the conception and dramaturgical realisation.

Review: ARMINIO, Royal Opera House
Review: ARMINIO, Royal Opera House
April 21, 2023

Emphasising monochromatic melancholy with singers who do their best despite swimming in an ocean of drab uniforms.

Review: LA BOHÈME, Royal Opera House
Review: LA BOHÈME, Royal Opera House
October 15, 2022

Focusing on uncontroversial flamboyance, Richard Jones’s revival of his 2017 production of La bohème is a visual spectacle with plenty to please the eye.

Review: PATIENCE, Wilton's Music Hall
Review: PATIENCE, Wilton's Music Hall
August 25, 2022

Ever since its first production in 1881, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience has brought its audiences to tears of laughter, and this production by Charles Court Opera is no exception.

Review: SERSE, Opera Holland Park
Review: SERSE, Opera Holland Park
July 1, 2022

This historical revival of Handel’s Serse particularly emphasises the humorous aspects of the opera, thereby creating a wonderfully entertaining spectacle from start to finish.

Review: SUMMER SOLSTICE, Union Theatre
Review: SUMMER SOLSTICE, Union Theatre
June 21, 2022

What is love? It's a question that has plagued philosophers and poets for as long as humans have existed. Unfortunately, we are no closer to finding any meaningful answers to this question in Mel Masry's shallow and unsatisfying play.






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