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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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Oppenheimer – RSC: The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

  Writer: Tom Morton-Smith Director: Angus Jackson Reviewer: James Garrington "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." These are words from Hindu scripture, written four thousand or more years ago. They are also the words that J. Robert Oppenheimer later claimed came into his mind upon witnessing the first atomic bomb test in 1945. Oppenheimer went on to ...

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The Seagull – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Anton Chekhov in a new version by Anya Reiss Director: Chris Honer Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   The Library Theatre concludes their stay at The Lowry with a rarity: a version of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull updated to the present day. On a provincial estate depressive Konsantin (Ben Allen) tries to show his contempt for the sterile acting of his ...

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Propeller’s Twelfth Night – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: William Shakespeare Text Adaptation: Edward Hall and Roger Warren Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Nathanael Kent [rating:3] Propeller’s all-male casting adds an interesting dimension to Twelfth Night. In Joseph Chance’s Viola, we have a man playing a woman disguised as a man, namely Cesario. And, like The Taming of the Shrew, with which this production runs in repertory, disguise is ...

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Propeller: Twelfth Night – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Peter Jacobs [rating:5] Propeller is an all male Shakespeare company that for 15 years has been bringing an investigative approach to the text mixed with a modern physical aesthetic. Director Edward Hall rejects the notion that Propeller make Shakespeare accessible as if the plays need ‘dumbing down’ to make them comprehensible to modern ...

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Twelfth Night – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Author: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:5] A capacity audience filled the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre for the Propeller Company’s production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’. Judging from the age of ninety per cent of those present the play is one of this year’s examination texts. The whole building was alive with buzzing conversations and laughter. Discussions were held ...

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