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Full of Sound and Fury/Signifying Nothing – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Writers: William Shakespeare, 'Roman de Fruscan', Jennifer Rigby Directors: 'Roman de Fruscan', Nicky Cox Reviewer: Selwyn Knight As 2018 blinks blearily into life, Birmingham’s Blue Orange Theatre brings us two short plays each inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Full of Sound and Fury, credited to one Roman de Fruscan, and Signifying Nothing, by Jennifer Rigby. Dreamscape Theatre’s Full of Sound and ...

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The Tempest – St John on the Wall’s Crypt, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Adapted by: Hannah Drake, Justin Palmer, and Ellie Showering Director: Hannah Drake Designer: Sarah Warren Composer: Ellie Showering Lighting: Edmund McKay Reviewer: Leah Tozer ‘Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,’ a muddling, older man murmurs to us, collected in a crypt beneath a Medieval church in the centre of Bristol as cars and buses and ...

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Hamlet (Glyndebourne) – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Neil Armfield Composer: Brett Dean Librettist: Matthew Jocelyn Reviewer: Helen Tope Hamlet seems tailor-made for opera. A story of loyalty and revenge, it has all the core components. To amplify Shakespeare’s play into the larger-than-life dynamics needed for opera, nerves of steel are required. Too little, and the opera falls flat. Too much, and you lose the subtlety of ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev Conductor: Gavin Sutherland Artistic Director: Tamara Rojo Reviewer: Claire Hayes English National Ballet (ENB)’s Renaissance-set Romeo and Juliet revives the original choreography created by Rudolf Nureyev in 1997 for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. This new restaging under artistic director Tamara Rojo, first seen at the Royal Festival Hall in 2016, is a visual spectacle of intricate ...

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Twelfth Night – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: John Kennedy Some thirty years ago an ensemble of disparate student stereotypes, The Young Ones, exploded from our TV sit-com screens - often quite literally. When Adrian Edmondson’s anarcho-Punk, Vivyan, let loose his signature pet hamster comic-strip chaotic schtick mayhem ensued. Twelfth Night, the twelfth day of Christmas marks the Epiphany, the arrival of the ...

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Arden/Everywhere – Baruch Performing Arts Center, New York

(Arden/Everywhere) (Baruch PAC) (NYC) (c)Russell Rowland

Writer: William Shakespeare Director & Adaptor: Jessica Bauman Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers New Feet Productions’ adaptation of As You Like It highlights the international refugee crisis with its staging of Shakespeare’s classic tale of exile and hidden identity. Hinting at modernity but with no tangible time period, the production creates a sense of timelessness amid a set consisting of wooden pallets ...

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Coriolanus – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

A man is talking to a group of men

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Angus Jackson Reviewer: Catherine Lyon A brutal landscape of cold, rattling metal, civil anarchy and the imminent threat of bloodshed. This is where the Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest production of Coriolanus opens. Delivering on its promises, the production offers its fair share of gore, sword fighting and unbridled masculine rivalry. Set against the harsh angularity of ...

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Twelfth Night – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Scott Ellis      Reviewer: Emily Hall Director Scott Ellis brings Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to King’s Theatre Edinburgh, an elegant venue for an inelegant play which thrives on the humour of mayhem and nonsense. Somehow, this especially bawdy interpretation of the literary classic fits beautifully anyways; key characters delivering moving renditions of stunning monologues faithfully to the text, ...

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