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Othello – Bread & Roses Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare, adapted by Charmaine K Parkin Director: Charmaine K Parkin Reviewer: Sophia Moss Charmaine Parkin’s Othello is a lively, crazy and intelligent take on Shakespeare’s well-known tragedy. This modern adaptation has all the usual themes of jealousy, betrayal, racism and murder, but it also features song, dance, merriment and interactive theatre. Parkin’s version of Othello will appeal to ...

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Julius Caesar – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Simon Dormandy Reviewer: Claire Hayes With controversy over Trump-as-Caesar raging in New York, the latest collaboration between Bristol Old Vic and its theatre school seems set on a similar theme. As an examination of a society in the process of destroying itself, their contemporary production of Julius Caesar feels at least as relevant to the political ...

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Romeo & Juliet – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Abbie Rippon If you were to ask anyone to list the ten most famous plays of all time, Romeo & Juliet would be up there. It is one of the most iconic pieces of writing ever produced and has been reworked in a multitude of mediums from films to musicals to ballets; this ...

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King Lear – Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Two people blend into a dark background

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Natasha Buckley Reviewer: Helen Tope Created to professional standards, productions from local company, The Actors Wheel, have everything except the Equity card. Performed by students of Marjon University’s Acting programme, The Actors Wheel combines discipline and ambition in equal measure; taking on challenging work, and it’s safe to say, few plays possess the fearsome reputation of ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Macbeth: A Tale of Sound and Fury – The Warren

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptors: Jake Hassam, Nigel Munson and Will Bridges Director: Jake Hassam & Nigel Munson Reviewer: Glen Pearce Macbeth is arguably the most adaptable of all Shakespeare's plays and it's an adaptability that6FootStories milk for all it's worth in a condensed 70minute telling of this blood-soaked tale. This three-man ensemble from 6Foot Stories pitches the work firmly in ...

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Twelfth Night – The Globe, London

Le Gateux Chocolate in Twelfth Night

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty From about 10 seconds into Emma Rice’s last self-directed play for The Globe, you realise that some people are going to absolutely hate it. That realisation should also come with its mirror image - some will mark this up as an absolute triumph for Rice and the new creative wave she’s ...

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Julius Caesar – The Crucible, Sheffield

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Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Janet Jepson Even for those who were unaware of the fate that befalls Julius Caesar, this production of Shakespeare’s well-known political drama was from the outset not going to be a jolly little jaunt. As the guy in the dark suit stood in front of the large polished table and opened a sombre ...

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