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Julius Caesar – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon

James-Corrigan-as-Mark Antony and Alex Waldman as Brutus in Julius Caesar

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Angus Jackson Reviewer:  James Garrington Watching Julius Caesar is a reminder of how little has changed in the 400 years since the play was written – or indeed in the past 2000 years or so. We have a man whose ambition for power seems to stretch beyond what his colleagues find acceptable. We have the people ...

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Antony and Cleopatra – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon

Josette Simon as Cleopatra and Antony Byrne as Mark Antony in Antony and Cleopatra

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Iqbal Khan Reviewer:  Cath Lyon From the powerhouse of Shakespeare, comes a powerhouse of a Shakespeare production. Antony and Cleopatra at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford is epic; powerful performances and eerily classic music are set against a simultaneously austere and regal set design that transports the audience seamlessly between chambers of Egypt and the ...

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Romeo and Juliet – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Amy Leach has adapted Shakespeare’s tragedy with a very modern take, linking with current affairs so that every member of the audience can relate to this production. This production is contemporary and radical, supported by Hayley Grindle’s urban staging with contrast lighting by Joshua Carr.  The production’s aim is to link to ...

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The Winter’s Tale – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Cath Lyon Shakespeare is long accused of being too serious. Yet in Cheek by Jowl’s version of The Winter’s Tale, it’s uncertain whether the laughter is sincere or sinister. In a remastering of one Shakespeare’s lesser-performed works, joint Artistic Directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod deliver a piece that is as ambiguous as ...

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The Winter’s Tale – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Katy Roberts Cheek by Jowl’s viscerally-charged interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s strangest romances has been rewritten as the diary of a madman. Make no mistake: here, King Leontes (Orlando James) ruler of Sicilia, is presented as a bona fide psychopath, maddened by the unfounded suspicion that his wife, Hermione (Natalie Radmall-Quirke), is having an ...

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First Encounters With Shakespeare: The Tempest – Royal Shakespeare Company

First Encounters with Shakespeare with RSC The Tempest

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Aileen Gonsalves Reviewer:  John Kennedy The Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) First Encounters With Shakespeare series of productions for 8-13 year olds across the UK invites The Review Hub (TRH) to Springhead Primary School, Stoke-On-Trent, for an invigorating and youthfully dynamic afternoon’s thespian fun. Introducing the tour, Director, Aileen Gonsalves spoke of the RSC’s First Encounters project. ...

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The Winter’s Tale  – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Composer: Alasdair Macrae Reviewer: S.E. Webster Spring, summer, autumn, winter.  Whatever the season audiences everywhere will be guaranteed at least one production of a Shakespearean drama. The vogue for transporting Shakespeare to new settings shows no sign of waning. Thus it is on the crest of this particular theatrical wave that Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum ...

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Henry V – Beverley Minster

Writer: William Shakespeare Directors: Ben Horslen, John Riseboro Composer: Christopher Peake Musical Director: Rosie Williamson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Antic Disposition’s inspiring production of Henry V does far more than update the Shakespeare play into a Great War setting. That would have been trite in comparison with what Ben Horslen and John Riseboro have achieved, though appropriate enough for the 600th ...

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