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One Festival: Programme B  – The Space Theatre, London

Perfect written by Rachael Claye and directed by Danielle McIlven Motherland written by Naomi Joseph and directed by Rachael Black It’s Not A Sprint written by Grace Chapman directed by Ellie Simpson Sweet Fade written by Charlotte Powell and directed by Orlando James Reviewer: Richard Maguire This is the final year of the One Festival at The Space where 19 ...

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The Winters Tale – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Kris Hallett Cheek by Jowl's The Winters Tale is an interesting curate's egg of a production. For four fifths of its running time it is the richest work you will see anywhere, an ensemble whose depth of acting and richness in characterisation can be placed in the upper echelons of any acting troupe ...

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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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The Winter’s Tale – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Orlando James, Natalie Radmall-Quirke, Tom Cawte Winter's Tale cheek by jowl citizens theatre glasgow

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Harriet Brace There is undeniable hype surrounding The Winter’s Tale Despite its lesser known quality, comparatively speaking, among Shakespeare’s mammoth volume of work, not to mention its derogatory label of “problem play”, this Cheek by Jowl production has already completed an international tour - and the reviews were raving. The anticipation for the show’s ...

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NEWS: New casting announced for Shakespeare in Love

Rehearsals start on Monday for the new cast of Shakespeare in Love before they open on 12 January 2015. The production, at London’s Noel Coward Theatre, features one of the largest casts for a play in the West End and is currently booking until April 2015. Orlando Jameswillstar as Will Shakespeare oppositeEve Ponsonbyas Viola De Lesseps. The pair recently appeared ...

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‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: John Ford Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Fergus Morgan ‘The essence of eroticism is to be found in the inextricable confusion of sexual pleasure and taboo’, wrote French philosopher Georges Bataille, a quote reprinted in the programme notes for Cheek By Jowl’s current production of John Ford’s Caroline tragedy, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore. Accordingly, in emphasising the play’s inherent ...

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‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Director: Declan Donnellan Designer: Nick Ormerod Reviewer: Paul Couch Say what you will about Will, Shakespeare stayed pretty well clear of the sordid subject of incest (we’ll gloss over the turgid Pericles with its questionable provenance, and Gertrude and Claudius weren't blood kin, so there) but his contemporary, John Ford, had no such qualms and Cheek By Jowl’s testosterone-fuelled revival ...

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