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Othello – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Richard Twyman Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Othello is a plethora of impassioned emotions; hatred, fear, discrimination, jealousy, manipulation and prejudice, all the ingredients of a great night at the theatre? A Muslim General in a Christian country, Othello (Victor Oshin) marries Senator Brabantio’s (Christopher Bianchi) daughter Desdemona (Kitty Archer) secretly, leading to major repercussions. Othello promotes a ...

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The Three Musketeers – Williamson Park, Lancaster

Writer: Hattie Naylor Director: Sarah Punshon Reviewer: May Mellstrom The sun will certainly be shining on Williamson Park this summer; not only is it the perfect place to enjoy the rare heatwave but The Dukes' production of The Three Musketeers burns almost as brightly in what must surely be their most joyful park show yet.   Playwright Hattie Naylor adapts ...

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All’s Well That Ends Well – Exeter Northcott

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor: Dominic Power Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Lucy Corley All’s Well That Ends Well is the second half of a double-bill at Exeter Northcott by Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, following a production of Hamlet that was fairly well-received, if a little predictable for this reviewer. Back for a second round, we find the same concrete-esque grey ...

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Hamlet – Exeter Northcott

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Lucy Corley The poster for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s Hamlet – a skull wearing a red nose and grinning – promises a quirky, unique reading of the play that the company, unfortunately, does not deliver. This isn’t to say that the show is unsuccessful: it may not have been the production its ...

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Hamlet – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Alan Mahon as Hamlet at Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Claire Hayes Approaching the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, it seems that one of his most famous tragedies is being staged now more than ever. Benedict Cumberbatch’s high profile Hamlet attracted a legion of his fans to the Barbican last year, while Paapa Essiedu - who previously played Romeo at the Tobacco Factory ...

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Living Quarters – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Claire Hayes In this new production of Living Quarters, Andrew Hilton dusts off the play he first directed back in 1991 to reimagine a much-overlooked piece by one of our most significant living writers. Yet, being revived as an echo from the past feels particularly appropriate for Brian Friel’s 1977 work, dwelling as ...

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The School For Scandal – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Adaptor: Dominic Power Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Claire Hayes Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s second production of the season is from Sheridan – not the first time the company has strayed outside its Shakespearean roots. Unexpectedly for SATTF regulars though, it's this play, rather than its season companion Romeo and Juliet, which has the more familiar, ...

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Richard III – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Shane Morgan [rating:4] There’s a lot of love for Richard III at the moment – the car park residing monarch and by association, the play. Whether by chance or, “some secret close intent”, Bristol’s Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory has struck programming gold by opening their 2013 season with the hunch-backed toad. There ...

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