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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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Twelfth Night – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: David Jobson Last year with a cast of young actors Paul Hart made his debut as the Watermill Theatre’s new artistic director with a production of Romeo + Juliet. A revival that used the tiny Watermill Theatre to its full potential in many creative ways. Now, for the theatre’s 50th anniversary, Hart continues his success ...

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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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