The Rhine is a grubby swimming pool. Three bored, blowsy Rhine maidens absently down vodka and unpeg lacy lingerie from a washing line in “Das Rheingold,” the first opera in the “Ring” cycle, at the Bayreuth Festival.
The lively musical “Matilda,” based on a novel by Roald Dahl , is playing at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Artistic director Michael Boyd has said he hopes it’ll transfer to London. With a bit of tweaking, it’s a cert.
The rand strengthened the most in almost six months against the dollar after South Africa’s antitrust authority approved Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ’s purchase of a controlling stake in Massmart Holdings Ltd.
South African stocks fell the most this month and bonds slumped as worsening civil unrest in the Middle East and North Africa drove oil prices to a two-year high, threatening to derail the global economic recovery.