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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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Dickie Beau: Re-Member Me – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Dickie Beau – ‘award-winning lip sync maestro and drag fabulist’ - is the alternative performance identity of perfectly-decent actor Richard Boyce. But Dickie has decided – or accepted, maybe - that he will never play the Dane: that epic Shakespearean role so often used a marker for acting greatness. The result is Re-Member Me – a show ...

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Hamlet – Milton Keynes Theatre

Libretto: Matthew Jocelyn  Music: Brett Dean Director: Neil Armfield Reviewer: Maggie Constable The disturbed, nay tormented, Hamlet, eponymous hero of Glyndebourne’s acclaimed opera, seeks revenge for his beloved father’s death and so begins one of the most infamous Shakespearean tragedies of all time at Milton Keynes Theatre tonight. It is worse still when poor, beleaguered Hamlet discovers the culprit of the King ...

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MANC MINI: Truly Outrageous Productions – Hamlet

Our Manc Mini series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the North West’s largest arts festival. Anne Davies of Truly Outrageous Productions, tells us about their showHamlet, which they will be performing at Joshua Brooks.   How would you describe your show in one sentence? Denmark’s a prison – can Hamlet ‘Shawshank’ his way out? ...

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Hamlet – Exeter Northcott

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Lucy Corley The poster for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s Hamlet – a skull wearing a red nose and grinning – promises a quirky, unique reading of the play that the company, unfortunately, does not deliver. This isn’t to say that the show is unsuccessful: it may not have been the production its ...

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The Complete Deaths – Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor and Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Jess Rowe Ill-fitting the 400th anniversary of the decease of England’s greatest playwright; SpyMonkey, renowned for their physical comedy, have devised their own absurd creation inspired by the Bard’s famous narratives. Bringing together the ‘complete’ number (75) of onstage deaths, so no Lady Macbeth I'm afraid, deaths range from the bloodbath ...

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The Complete Deaths – Liverpool Playhouse

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor and Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Matt Forrest When the body of Richard III was unexpectedly found beneath a car park in Leicester back in 2013, it shocked the world;however, more shocking would be that, according to William Shakespeare, he died to the accompaniment of some hardcore techno music while looking for a horse wearing a gas ...

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Hamlet – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Hamlet at RST

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Fergus Morgan This is Denmark in name alone. Simon Godwin’s Hamlet, with Paapa Essiedu in the title role, relocates the rotten affairs of the Danish state to an unspecified West African court, where Claudius rules Elsinore like a military dictator and tribal symbolism is mixed with junta-like soldiery throughout. The shift is a ...

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