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King Lear – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director Nancy Meckler Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the most disputed aspects of the late Tudor age was Elizabeth I’s refusal to name her successor, fearing, as she claimed, that men prefer the rising to the setting sun. While her whims frustrated many, she brought decades of relative stability to a sorely divided nation. No wonder then, ...

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Venus and Adonis – Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

A puppet Venus tempts a puppet Adonis with puppeteers faintly visible behind

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gregory Doran Reviewer:  John Kennedy You are the apotheosis of male perfection – Adonis (the clue's in the name). The Goddess of Love, Venus (ditto) is desperate to get you in the sack and at your sacs in a leafy glade down amongst the blue-veined violets – best not to dwell on that image. But, Lydian ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Rougemont Gardens

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest The Comedy of Errors is the play in which Shakespeare veers the closest to outright farce, including as it does, two sets of identical twins who both have the same name and who end up wearing the same clothes. Needless to say, shenanigans ensue, and a policeman, a hot-tempered wife, a ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The Globe’s Summer of Love progresses - verve, wit and colour very much in abundance. Matthew Dunster’s creation takes us from the regular setting of Messina to Mexico in the early 20th Century. The revolución becomes the military backdrop for Don Pedro’s men as they come to Leonato’s house and with ...

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Macbeth – mac, Birmingham

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andy Barrow Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Oddsocks Productions, formed in 1989 by husband and wife team, Andy Barrow and Elli Mackenzie, aims to ‘tell good stories in a fun interactive way’, producing a ‘theatre experience for everyone’. Since 1993, they have mounted two tours per year, performing all over the country, often outdoors. Snippets of overheard conversation when ...

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FIVE FAST FRINGE QUESTIONS with Stand By

man in police riot uniform

It's that time of year when we feature our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A's. Next up, it’s the turn of Stand By. In one sentence tell us about your show. A sneaky look into being a police officer in a pressure cooker situation. What made you decide to bring a show this year? In reality all our schedules ...

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FIVE FAST FRINGE QUESTIONS with The Black Cat

man howls woman holds ceramic cat

It's that time of year when we feature our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A's. Next up, it’s the turn of The Black Cat. In one sentence tell us about your show. The Black Cat is a little like a live radio-show and, with dark humour and claws bared, it tears up the process of adaptation like a madman ...

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