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The Winter’s Tale – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Stephen Bates It may seem ironic that the Globe should launch its new production of The Winter’s Tale on one of the hottest evenings of the year, but anachronisms are rife in this, Shakespeare’s split personality play. In temperatures that help the banks of the Thames to pass for Sicily, the tale unfolds. ...

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The Marriage of Figaro – Theatre Royal, York

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Text: Lorenzo da Ponte, after Beaumarchais’ play Director: Blanche McIntyre Conductor: Christopher Stark Designer: Neil Irish Reviewer: Ron Simpson One of the many reasons The Marriage of Figaro is, for many of us, incomparably the greatest of comic operas is that the libretto is based on a great comic play. Thus, whilst there are plenty of ...

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Tosca – Theatre Royal, Norwich

English Touring Opera's Tosca

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Blanche McIntyre Conductor: Michael Rosewell Reviewer: Lu Greer Tosca, structured as a through-composed work to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Guiseppe Giacosa, tells a story of tragic love in 1800 Italy. With a historical grounding in the French Revolutionary Wars, the opera follows the story or an escaped political prisoner and the fates of ...

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Tosca – The Lyceum, Sheffield

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Blanche McIntyre Conductor: Michael Rosewell Designer : Florence de Maré Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Love, passion, menace, lust, revenge, intrigue and murder; Puccini's opera Tosca has it all. These great passions lead to great misery. Set in Rome around the 1800s, Floria Tosca, a famous singer, and her lover, the artist Cavaradossi, become embroiled in the political ...

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Noises Off – Nottingham Playhouse

Patrick Osborne (Garry), Carla Mendonça (Dotty), Sophia Nomvete (Brooke), Orlando Wells (Lloyd) and Ritu Arya (Poppy) in Noises Off

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Noises Off is often hailed as the funniest play ever written. Starting life in 1977 as a one-act play called Exits, playwright Michael Frayn then developed the show into Noises Off in time for its London premiere in 1982. It has since been seen regularly in the West End and ...

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The Oresteia – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Aeschylus Adaptor: Ted Hughes Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Dave Cunningham If you’re a theatregoer there are certain types of play that you feel obliged to experience. As the Greeks pretty much introduced theatre to the western world their tragedies are high on the list; but this doesn't make them easy to watch. Aeschylus’ The Oresteia, with themes including the ...

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As You Like It – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

  Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   As You Like It isn’t one of Shakespeare’s better plays, although it is a very popular one. Its narrative is rather thin and most of the characters lack a rounded depth - that is not to say it is a bad play but the comedies are in some ways ...

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Arcadia – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Plenty of hyperbole surrounds Tom Stoppard’s play, Arcadia. Having won the 1993 Olivier Award for Best New Play, it went on to be nominated for Tonys and even made the Royal Institution’s shortlist for the best science book ever written, losing out on that occasion to Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table. ...

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