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Reduced Shakespeare Company: William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged) – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

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Writers: Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor after William Shakespeare Reviewer: R. G. Balgray All the world’s a stage, of course. And Shakespeare – well, he’s the majority stockholder, isn’t he. So the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged), presently showing at the Gilded Balloon, is clearly on to a winner. In fact, it’s a win-win proposition. It takes ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Rougemont Gardens

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest The Comedy of Errors is the play in which Shakespeare veers the closest to outright farce, including as it does, two sets of identical twins who both have the same name and who end up wearing the same clothes. Needless to say, shenanigans ensue, and a policeman, a hot-tempered wife, a ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The Globe’s Summer of Love progresses - verve, wit and colour very much in abundance. Matthew Dunster’s creation takes us from the regular setting of Messina to Mexico in the early 20th Century. The revolución becomes the military backdrop for Don Pedro’s men as they come to Leonato’s house and with ...

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Macbeth – mac, Birmingham

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andy Barrow Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Oddsocks Productions, formed in 1989 by husband and wife team, Andy Barrow and Elli Mackenzie, aims to ‘tell good stories in a fun interactive way’, producing a ‘theatre experience for everyone’. Since 1993, they have mounted two tours per year, performing all over the country, often outdoors. Snippets of overheard conversation when ...

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Twelfth Night – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Paul Hart Reviewer:  Matthew Bagnall In the second of two repertory productions by Watermill Theatre, director Paul Hart has reimagined Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, Twelfth Night, with all of the farce and crossdressing to boot. The audience is greeted with familiar faces at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, as the same cast treat us to another inspiring and ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

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Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Paul Hart Reviewer:  Matthew Bagnall Romeo and Juliet needs little introduction: it is one of William Shakespeare’s most famous and widely acclaimed plays and has been enjoyed by millions across the globe. The classical frocks and outlandish costumes with which we might be familiar have been revolutionised in this bold and creative take on one of ...

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writers: Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield (based on the book by William Shakespeare) Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight The Shakespeare canon is pretty extensive – 37 plays generally accepted as by him, the less generally accepted Shakespeare Apocrypha and, of course, the 154 sonnets. In their 2006/7 season, the Royal Shakespeare Company performed the complete works in a ...

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Macbeth – St Paul’s Covent Garden – London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Daniel Winder Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Stepping into the garden at St Paul’s for Iris Theatre’s annual Shakespearean outing generally gives a little jolt of elation. Seeing what they have constructed this time, what world the garden has become is generally lovely. This time though, it’s not so much a nice surprise as a shock. Sound and ...

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