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Romeo & Juliet – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Erica Whyman Reviewer: James Garrington Most people will be familiar with Romeo and Juliet– the tale of “two star-cross’d lovers” is arguably one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays and the plot has been re-used in many different guises over the years, on stage and on screen. Likewise, there have been a number of productions of the play ...

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Macbeth – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Katy Roberts Macbeth, both the play and the titular character, is obsessed with time, and this theme looms large throughout Polly Findlay’s modern-dress production of Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy. From the moment the digital clock sparks into life at the back of the stage, one becomes acutely aware that Macbeth and his wife are ...

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Hamlet – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Jo Beggs When we first encounter Paapa Essiedu’s youthful Hamlet, he’s a black-clad teenager who won’t make eye contact with his mother and step-father. Just married, hot on the heels of Old Hamlet’s unexpected death, they’re seeing off the wedding guests, all smiles and back-slapping. Director Simon Godwin and Designer Paul Wills have ...

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A Christmas Carol – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: David Edgar, from the book by Charles Dickens Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: James Garrington When Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, he lived in a country full of great poverty. The Poor Laws allowed people to be sent to the Workhouse to claim relief, debtors were imprisoned – including, for a period, his own father – and even ...

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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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Salomé – The Swan, Stratford on Avon

A man in uniform smiles at one in a dress

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Owen Horsley Reviewer:  James Garrington When Oscar Wilde’s lyrical one-act drama was written in 1892 it was banned as blasphemous while still in rehearsal. It wasn’t until four years later and a French translation that it was actually performed in Paris, not making a public appearance in Britain until 1931 when the ban was lifted. The ...

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Vice Versa – Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Two men either side of a woman in Roman costume

Writer: Phil Porter Director: Janice Honeyman Reviewer:  James Garrington Loud-mouth General Braggadocio is convinced that he is one of the most popular men in Rome – especially with the women. His three servants – Feclus, Omnivorous and Dexter – all hate and despise him. Braggadocio has kidnapped Voluptua, Dexter’s former mistress, and is keeping her as a concubine but she ...

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The Hypocrite – Swan Theatre, Stratford on Avon

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Phillip Breen Reviewer:  James Garrington One thing you can pretty much guarantee with a Richard Bean script – you won’t be bored. Set at the beginning of the English Civil War, The Hypocrite is based on a true story. Hull has the largest military arsenal outside London – with signs of civil war looming, whoever takes ...

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