Kate Maltby is a columnist and critic, based in London. She is also a doctoral candidate in Renaissance literature at University College London. (October 2018)

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From Gilead to Gay Disco: Nicholas Hytner’s ‘Dream’

David Moorst (Puck) and Gwendoline Christie (Titania) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bridge Theatre, London

A half-century on, the majesty of Peter Brook’s Royal Shakespeare Company production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream still hangs heavy over theatre in Britain. For all Nicholas Hytner’s chutzpah in confronting the primal scene of modern British theatre, his new production lacks the courage of his convictions. There’s no follow-through to the opening act’s sense of sexuality’s threat, no lingering darkness. It’s just another attempt to get down with hyper-current sexual politics, without interrogating their complexities. And no one needs another Dream populated with fairies in disco spandex and body glitter.

What to Expect When a Woman Accuses a Man in Power

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford being sworn in before testifying during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018

Last week, the world gazed on as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified against a man backed by the strongest political forces in America. I couldn’t watch. Last year, I was the woman giving evidence against one of the most powerful men in my nation’s political life. They told me I was malicious, that I was seeking feminist celebrity, that I was deceived by my own false memory. I knew I was not. In the end, a government inquiry agreed with me. Here are six things that happen when you accuse a senior political figure of misconduct.