Home / Tag Archives: Shakespeare

Tag Archives: Shakespeare

Measure for Measure – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alistair Ganley Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s 'problem plays’ and any production has certain elements of the story that are hard for a modern Western audience to relate to, including the main dilemma (Isabella's reluctance to betray her vow of chastity to save her brother, who has been condemned to death ...

Read More »

Antony and Cleopatra – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon

Josette Simon as Cleopatra and Antony Byrne as Mark Antony in Antony and Cleopatra

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Iqbal Khan Reviewer:  Cath Lyon From the powerhouse of Shakespeare, comes a powerhouse of a Shakespeare production. Antony and Cleopatra at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford is epic; powerful performances and eerily classic music are set against a simultaneously austere and regal set design that transports the audience seamlessly between chambers of Egypt and the ...

Read More »

The Two Gentleman Of Verona – Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Kris Hallett The Two Gentleman Of Verona, one of the rarer works in the Shakespeare canon, gives a fascinating exploration of the novice playwright yet to hit his stride. It’s a youthful work, full of the first fluctuations of desire and lust, of changing allegiance and friendships. It is a play structurally flawed ...

Read More »

The Winter’s Tale  – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Composer: Alasdair Macrae Reviewer: S.E. Webster Spring, summer, autumn, winter.  Whatever the season audiences everywhere will be guaranteed at least one production of a Shakespearean drama. The vogue for transporting Shakespeare to new settings shows no sign of waning. Thus it is on the crest of this particular theatrical wave that Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

JBShorts 16 – 53Two, Manchester

Writers: Sarah McDonald Hughes, Trevor Suthers, Dave Simpson, Justin Moorhouse, James Quinn, Peter Kerry and Lindsay Williams Directors: Martin Gibbons, Sue Jenkins, Alex Toyle, Rupert Hill, Aileen Quinn, Joyce Branagh Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin JBShorts has become a biannual fixture on the Manchester theatre scene and attracts large crowds every night to watch the selection of six 15-minute plays created by ...

Read More »

Kiss Me, Kate – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

  Writers: Bella and Samuel Spewick Composer &Lyricist: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Chris Williams After the serious operas Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice, the Welsh National Opera ends its autumn season celebrating Shakespeare400 by bringing us the frothy Cole Porter musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate. Divorced, bickering Broadway stars Fred Graham and Lili Vanessi are putting on ...

Read More »

The Inn at Lydda – Sam Wanamaker Theatre, London

Writer: John Wolfson Director: Andy Jordan Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty It looks like history, if feels like history, but this is a story that is apparently not something that could ever have been written down so we’ll have to remember to suspend belief. This imagined meeting of real characters began life at the Globe. Moving a few steps away to the ...

Read More »