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Theatre

Salomé

Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2nd June to 6th September

Oscar Wilde’s moonstruck idyll of sensuous delights, in which Herod’s stepdaughter asks for the head of John the Baptist, is best known as the basis of Richard Strauss’s great opera. Still, there are theatrical opportunities for an imaginative director, even if Owen Horsley starts at a disadvantage by casting a male actor (Matthew Tennyson) as the lead. (Lindsay Kemp played Salomé across genders 40 years ago.) But Tennyson’s a fine actor. Music is by Seattle-based songwriter Perfume Genius.

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In Prospect’s June issue: Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Martha Gill and Helen Pidd examine the election chances of the three main political parties. Wheatcroft explores the Tories’ remarkable ability to rise from the ashes and assert dominance, Gill questions why the Lib Dem revival isn’t quite getting off the ground and Pidd examines Labour’s prospects after poor performances in the recent council and mayoral elections. Also in this issue: Christine Ockrent asks if France’s new President Emmanuel Macron can charm the parts of France that didn’t initially vote for him, AC Grayling assesses whether the rise and rise of drone warfare warrants a new ethical code for conflict and Francine Stock explores whether Pixar can continue to captivate modern audiences.
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