Playing with Fire

A review of Anders Lustgarten's 'The Secret Theatre' in The Times Literary Supplement: At 40 by 55 feet, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is just a little smaller than the hall playhouse established by James Burbage at the Blackfriars in the 1590s. Otherwise, this vertiginous, intimate, almost claustrophobic little theatre, playing…

The Hardest Word?

Is it ahistorical for public figures to say sorry for events that took place before they were born? The issue cuts to the heart of the relationship between the living and the dead. Suzannah's bimonthly 'Making History' column for History Today: There is nothing like an apology to make people angry. I…

Remembrance of Things Past

'Making History' for History Today The maxim ‘show don’t tell’ is often forgotten when film-makers confront historical horrors, argues Suzannah Lipscomb, as two recent cinema releases demonstrate. David Lowenthal’s review of David Rieff’s book, In Praise of Forgetting, in the March edition of History Today is rightly scornful of the practicality…
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