views from the gods

saints and sinners of the stage and screen

Whether you normally look down from the cheap seats in the gods, or sit up close in the front row, there's so much happening on the London performing arts scene and comedy circuit, it can be difficult to decide which shows you should spend your cash on and which shows should quite frankly, pay you for turning up.

At Views from the Gods, we review all the latest London talent, from West End plays to emerging comedians. We hope our site helps introduce you to some new performers.

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Leather, skinny jeans, half-naked men and pulsating dance music - you might think you've stepped into a gay club, but no, this is the theatre darling. It might not be quite as you know it, but it looks a lot like as you like it. A play within a play, a whimsical ruler making questionable judgements, bawdy jokes and lusty encounters. Ooh, Shakespeare himself would be proud. In Foul Pages, Robin Hooper uses many of the Bard's familiar devices and brings them kicking, screaming and flirting outrageously into the 21st century.

The year is 1603 and Mary, Countess of Pembroke (Clare Boomer) has commissioned popular writer Will (Ian Hallard) to use his literary genius to save the life of her former lover Sir Walter Raleigh. The new King of England, James I (Tom Vanson) intends to send Raleigh to the gallows, however, Mary believes Will's latest opus can move him into being a little more forgiving. Whilst Will scribbles away, doing his best to ignore Mary's 'helpful' artistic suggestions, his merry band of actors take advantage of the downtime between rehearsals to get up to whatever they think they can get away with. It's all fun and games - until it's not.

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