Author Archives for Simon Thomson

2019 Articles

Botticelli in the Fire at Hampstead Theatre review: A giddy nihilistic romp
Botticelli in the Fire at Hampstead Theatre review: A giddy nihilistic romp
Botticelli in the Fire is a giddy nihilistic romp. A pyrotechnic period drama that vigorously thrusts its way into a [...]
November 1, 2019
How whiskey became Kentucky's multi-billion dollar cottage industry
How whiskey became Kentucky's multi-billion dollar cottage industry
Standing in the private dining room of a Louisville hotel, I angle a roasted marrow bone towards my face and [...]
October 30, 2019
A Doll's House at Lyric Hammersmith review: Ibsen classic rejuvenated by relocation to India
A Doll's House at Lyric Hammersmith review: Ibsen classic rejuvenated by relocation to India
There has been a fashion in recent years to take 19th century European dramas and relocate them to modern-day India, [...]
September 23, 2019
The King of Hell’s Palace at Hampstead Theatre review: a blistering political thriller
The King of Hell’s Palace at Hampstead Theatre review: a blistering political thriller
The King of Hell’s Palace is a gripping political thriller, rooted in family drama; an exposé of the corrupt business [...]
September 23, 2019
The Secret River review: Edinburgh Festival hit a triumph at the National Theatre
The Secret River review: Edinburgh Festival hit a triumph at the National Theatre
A smash at the Edinburgh Festival, The Secret River has transferred to the National Theatre. Slow-paced, thoughtful and direct, it [...]
September 10, 2019
Why there's never been a better time to drink tequila
Why there's never been a better time to drink tequila
Tequila has come to connote summer, fiestas, and the rich culture of Mexico. It’s also incredibly versatile: you can sip [...]
July 23, 2019
Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith is a farce in all the wrong ways
Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith is a farce in all the wrong ways
Noises Off is either the worst professional production I’ve seen in some years, or something so groundbreakingly metatextual that I [...]
July 5, 2019
The age old problem: When buying spirits you shouldn't rely on age as a sign of quality
The age old problem: When buying spirits you shouldn't rely on age as a sign of quality
If you’re a rum distiller, you need to watch out for those pesky angels. You see, the tropical climates in [...]
January 7, 2019