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Guys and Dolls – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows Music & Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director:  Michael Buffong Reviewer: May Mellstrom The Christmas production at the Royal Exchange is always a highlight of the festive period, providing a welcome alternative in the panto season.  Widely regarded as one of the finest Broadway musicals of all time, Guys and Dolls can hardly be considered a ...

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Macbeth – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Iqbal Khan Reviewer: Andy Moseley On a stormy night in London, an act of treachery leads to the bloody and ultimately short-lived rule of a paranoid former foot soldier. Make up your own punchline for any events going on further down the Thames but this is actually the latest production of Macbeth at the Globe. Three ...

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Hecuba – Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Writer: Euripides (Adapted by Marina Carr) Director: Erica Whyman Reviewer: Katy Roberts Kicking off the RSC's Autumn/Winter season in the Swan Theatre is Marina Carr's fiercely compelling reimagining of Euripides' tragedy, Hecuba. Directed by Erica Whyman, this is a production retold for a modern audience, putting Derbhle Crotty's grief-stricken Hecuba, and her struggle to hold onto her sanity in the ...

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Julius Caesar – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gregory Doran Music: Akintayo Akinbode Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:4] Political intrigue and assassination are thematic in this, one of Shakespeare’s most famous historical plays. Director Gregory Doran sets this contemporary version in Africa, with an all-black cast. Clever lighting casts shadows over a set that is part Coliseum and part football stadium, for which designer Michael ...

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Julius Caesar – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Music: Akintayo Akinbode Director: Gregory Doran Reviewer: Laura Maley [rating:4] Following appearances in Stratford-upon-Avon and London, Gregory Doran’s Africa-based ‘revival’ of Julius Caesar for the Royal Shakespeare Company arrives at The Lowry this week. This marks the opportunity for North West audiences to enjoy classical performances from an outstanding ensemble cast in this gripping political thriller. Julius ...

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Julius Caesar – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gregory Doran Reviewer: Tony Oliver [Rating: 4.5] The Bradford Alhambra was the latest venue on the RSC’s tour of the William Shakespeare play Julius Caesar which is touring until October 27th 2012. Rome had been transported to modern day Africa, and on entering the auditorium the cast are playing music and acting out a marketplace scene, ...

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Julius Caesar – Noel Coward Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gregory Doran Reviewer: Leon Paul [rating:3.5] This production is part of the World Shakespeare Festival and Gregory Doran’s production finds ‘dark contemporary echoes in modern Africa’. While having a nod to the situation with Nelson Mandela and South Africa, the production is not firmly based in one place in Africa. Instead it gives an aural sense ...

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WHAT’S HOT – 16th July 2012

traditionally the next few weeks in theatre land become a bit barren, with many theatre spaces dark while technical maintenance takes place, however if you look carefully there are still many great shows playing across our many stages this week and our Executive Editor John Roberts picks five shows that you shouldn’t really miss. Mack &Mabel – Southwark Playhouse, London ...

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