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.
South Africa’s economy shed 79,000 jobs in the first quarter, threatening to worsen the highest unemployment rate of 62 countries tracked by Bloomberg and raising doubts about the strength of the recovery.
South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan may target wider fiscal deficits over the next three years that will test the government’s credibility in the face of credit rating downgrades and slowing growth.