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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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Twelfth Night – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Andrea Allen                    “What country, friends is this?” It’s Illyria, so expect cross-dressing, mistaken identity, music, booze and a few cruel tricks, “nothing that is so, is so”.  As the lights dim, music that can be inadequately described as Eastern European Gypsy-punk envelopes the room, setting a tingling tone of faraway lands where all ...

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Tartuffe- The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Moliere Adaptor: Andrew Hilton and Dominic Power Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Kris Hallett Its the end of an era here in Bristol with the news that Andrew Hilton will step down at the end of the season as artistic director at Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory. For nearly two decades he has put his venture on the map from small ...

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Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Director: Stacey Norris Reviewer: Tom Finch Magnificent Bastards really have got the gift that keeps on giving. Sh!t-faced Shakespeare is a simple concept but the potential for laughs is huge. Six classically trained actors perform an abridged Shakespeare play and one of the actors happens to be more than a little sozzled. Cue confusion, mishaps and the ever looming presence ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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