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As You Like It – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

  Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   As You Like It isn’t one of Shakespeare’s better plays, although it is a very popular one. Its narrative is rather thin and most of the characters lack a rounded depth - that is not to say it is a bad play but the comedies are in some ways ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies, and also one of his best. This new production at Shakespeare's Globe is a finely crafted, raucous interpretation that creates one of the funniest theatrical evenings for some time. Slapstick is a key element of Blanche McIntyre's direction, starting even before ...

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Britannia Waves the Rules – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: May Mellstrom In the programme notes for his debut play, Britannia Waves the Rules, playwright Gareth Farr recalls an early meeting in which he was told to ‘put this play in a drawer and forget about it’. Thankfully others disagreed; with Farr awarded the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2011 and The Royal ...

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The Last Days of Troy – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The Royal Exchange has high hopes for The Last Days of Troy. Simon Armitage’s re-telling of the Trojan War legend transfers to The Globe in London after its Manchester run. The production features a large cast supplemented by local volunteers who swell battle scenes and achieve rapid changes. Armitage, and director ...

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The True Tragedy of the Duke of York – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards [Rating:3.5]   One cannot really blame Shakespeare for how the events unfold in his histories. While I’m sure he made allowances for small discrepancies (artistic license, so to speak) the important things had to remain the same, else what is the point in writing a history at all, if it ...

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Henry VI trilogy, York Theatre Royal

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Ray Taylor [rating:5] On what is officially the hottest day of the year so far, Globe Theatre’s staging of the whole of the Henry VI trilogy in one day calls for a huge amount of stamina and concentration both for the company and the audience. The results are an unequivocal triumph. The Company ...

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Somersaults – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Iain Finlay Macleod Director: Russell Bolam Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3] The Outer Hebrides have an austere challenging beauty about them and so too does Iain Finlay Macleod’s play Somersaults, relishing in an inscrutable quality which equally entertains and frustrates. After premiering in Edinburgh last year, director Russell Bolam has brought it to the intimate surroundings of the Finborough where ...

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