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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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Twelfth Night – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: John Kennedy Some thirty years ago an ensemble of disparate student stereotypes, The Young Ones, exploded from our TV sit-com screens - often quite literally. When Adrian Edmondson’s anarcho-Punk, Vivyan, let loose his signature pet hamster comic-strip chaotic schtick mayhem ensued. Twelfth Night, the twelfth day of Christmas marks the Epiphany, the arrival of the ...

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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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Dido: Queen of Carthage – The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Aman an a woman talk over a table

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Kimberley Sykes Reviewer: John Kennedy  The she-wolf suckled twins, Romulus and Remus, sacrosanct symbols of Ancient Rome’s foundation, never got in the way of shrewd chancer and Roman poet, Virgil, in his bid to re-jig legend and myth in pursuit of a lucrative propaganda pitch. Plagiarising, ‘reimagining’ Homer’s Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid epic celebrates the perilous voyages ...

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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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Julius Caesar – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon

James-Corrigan-as-Mark Antony and Alex Waldman as Brutus in Julius Caesar

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Angus Jackson Reviewer:  James Garrington Watching Julius Caesar is a reminder of how little has changed in the 400 years since the play was written – or indeed in the past 2000 years or so. We have a man whose ambition for power seems to stretch beyond what his colleagues find acceptable. We have the people ...

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