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Julius Caesar – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Simon Dormandy Reviewer: Claire Hayes With controversy over Trump-as-Caesar raging in New York, the latest collaboration between Bristol Old Vic and its theatre school seems set on a similar theme. As an examination of a society in the process of destroying itself, their contemporary production of Julius Caesar feels at least as relevant to the political ...

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Romeo & Juliet – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Abbie Rippon If you were to ask anyone to list the ten most famous plays of all time, Romeo & Juliet would be up there. It is one of the most iconic pieces of writing ever produced and has been reworked in a multitude of mediums from films to musicals to ballets; this ...

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Twelfth Night – The Globe, London

Le Gateux Chocolate in Twelfth Night

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty From about 10 seconds into Emma Rice’s last self-directed play for The Globe, you realise that some people are going to absolutely hate it. That realisation should also come with its mirror image - some will mark this up as an absolute triumph for Rice and the new creative wave she’s ...

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Julius Caesar – The Crucible, Sheffield

Image by Johan Persson

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Janet Jepson Even for those who were unaware of the fate that befalls Julius Caesar, this production of Shakespeare’s well-known political drama was from the outset not going to be a jolly little jaunt. As the guy in the dark suit stood in front of the large polished table and opened a sombre ...

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Richard III – Arcola Theatre, London

Man in crown, woman in dark top

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Richard III is a man everyone feels they know, or at least have an opinion about. For a King who reigned for only two years, his fame must largely be due to William Shakespeare’s dramatisation of his adult life. The picture painted in the play may or may not be historically ...

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Othello – The Lighthouse, Poole

Face on bright background

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor & Director: Charmaine K Parkin Reviewer: Sophie Huggins In this notorious tale of jealousy, race and revenge, SISATA Theatre promise the audience the merging of a Shakespeare classic with 1980s Hip Hop culture, in this “radical re-imagining” of the story. Acknowledging the audience as they come in, the cast of four tell the story of Othello, ...

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Richard III – Hull Truck Theatre

three men, one woman, King Richard III

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Neil Murray Musical Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Ron Simpson The staging of Richard III at Hull Truck resonates in several ways. It is produced in association with Hulls Year of Culture and Northern Broadsides as a Shakespearean contribution to Hull 2017 and a celebration of Broadsides’ 25th anniversary. Founded by one of Hull’s ...

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Othello – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Richard Twyman Reviewer: Charlotte Robson Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory open their performance of William Shakespeare's iconic tale of envy with a stark and empty set, its barren floors and deceptively cavernous depth laying the scene for an Othello every bit as sharp – and as tragically hollow at its core. The heart of Shakespeare's tragedy ...

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