Vera Liber

London reviewer

In addition to BTG Vera's writing has included London reviews and an Alternatives column for Plays International, which also published her translation of Oleg Bogayev's play Deaf Souls; theatre assessment for The London Arts Board/Arts Council; film translations for the NFT and the Barbican; short story translations for Soviet Literature and Glas - New Russian Writing. She taught Russian (Imperial College, University of London), was Arts Editor of The East-West Review, to which she still contributes, and is a member of The Society of Authors

Translations for the theatre include: (National Theatre) Ostrovsky's The Forest, Alan Ayckbourn version, director Anthony Page; Gorky's Summerfolk, Nick Dear version, director Trevor Nunn; Gorky's The Lower Depths; and most recently Gorky's Vassa; (Fifth Column Theatre) Ostrovsky's Snow Maiden; (Playhouse Theatre) Three Sisters, Christopher Hampton version, director Michael Blakemore; (Royal Court) The Seagull, Christopher Hampton version, director Ian Rickson; (Stephen Joseph Theatre) Dear Uncle, Alan Ayckbourn version of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, director Alan Ayckbourn, producer David Pugh Ltd.

Classes in classical ballet, contemporary dance and choreography, academic and practical study of theatre and cinema, text and performance, translation and adaptation complete the bill. 

Latest reviews

Jenna Roberts as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Tyrone Singleton as The Prince, Bill Cooper

The Nutcracker

Choreography Peter Wright, Vincent Redmond, Lev Ivanov (Birmingham Royal Ballet at Royal Albert Hall).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Alexander Campbell as Hans-Peter and Francesca Hayward as Clara in The Nutcracker, Tristram Kenton ROH 2013

The Nutcracker

Choreography Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov, music Pyotr Tchaikovsky (The Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Liam Mower as The Angel and Ashley Shaw as Cinderella in Matthew Bourne's Cinderella, Johan Persson

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

Director and choreographer Matthew Bourne, music Sergei Prokofiev (New Adventures at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

ENB Nutcracker, Laurent Liotardo


Choreography Wayne Eagling, concept Toer van Schayk and Eagling (English National Ballet at London Coliseum).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Michael Keegan-Dolan's Swan Lake / Loch na hEala, Justin Tallis

Swan Lake / Loch na hEala

Writer, director, choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan (Teaċ Daṁsa (House of Dance) at Sadler’s Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber