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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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Romeo and Juliet – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Amy Leach has adapted Shakespeare’s tragedy with a very modern take, linking with current affairs so that every member of the audience can relate to this production. This production is contemporary and radical, supported by Hayley Grindle’s urban staging with contrast lighting by Joshua Carr.  The production’s aim is to link to ...

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The Winter’s Tale – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Cath Lyon Shakespeare is long accused of being too serious. Yet in Cheek by Jowl’s version of The Winter’s Tale, it’s uncertain whether the laughter is sincere or sinister. In a remastering of one Shakespeare’s lesser-performed works, joint Artistic Directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod deliver a piece that is as ambiguous as ...

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Othello – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Richard Twyman Reviewer: Claire Hayes Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (SATTF)’s new version of Othello brings the Bard’s tragedy of malign manipulation and jealous, destructive rage right into the present-day. It’s immediately apparent that the entrenched racism, misogyny and religious intolerance of the 16th century still resonates in a setting of mobiles, microphones and concrete basement ...

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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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Henry V – Beverley Minster

Writer: William Shakespeare Directors: Ben Horslen, John Riseboro Composer: Christopher Peake Musical Director: Rosie Williamson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Antic Disposition’s inspiring production of Henry V does far more than update the Shakespeare play into a Great War setting. That would have been trite in comparison with what Ben Horslen and John Riseboro have achieved, though appropriate enough for the 600th ...

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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 ...

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Hamlet – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Lewendel Set Designer: Curtis C. Trout Costume Designer: Isabella van Braeckel Reviewer: Ron Simpson Icarus Theatre Collective claim that this is Hamlet for the Game of Thrones generation. It’s difficult to work out what this means, but the production style is self-consciously dramatic, the narrative and characters both undeveloped. Of the ideas that Max Lewendel ...

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