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The Jew of Malta – The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: James Garrington Some 15 years before Shakespeare introduced The Merchant of Veniceto the world, Christopher Marlowe was busy penning his own play, The Jew of Malta – and what a delight it is, too. It is being presented here as part of an RSC season which explores the “outsider”, and shows, as is ...

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NEWS: RSC announces full cast for first two plays in exciting new ‘Roaring Girls’ season

With gender inequality increasingly becoming a thing of the past on the British stage there is naturally some excitement surrounding the recent cast announcement from The Royal Shakespeare Company for the first two plays in their upcoming ‘Roaring Girls’ season. Led by Royal Shakespeare Company Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman these rarely performed Jacobean plays reveal some of the great ...

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Noises Off – Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Audrey Pointer [rating:5] Famously featuring a play within a play, Michael Frayn’s Noises Off is an award-winning farce in three parts – all three parts are entitled Act One in the programme (which is itself a programme within a programme). This production of Michael Frayn’s astonishingly well-crafted comedy classic is on tour from ...

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Noises Off – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Matthew Nichols [Rating:5] It was Edward Gordon Craig who declared that, “farce is the essential theatre.” He might well be right. Now established as an almost heritage theatre form, farce appears to belong to a bygone era; a time of four doors, a telephone, sexual misdemeanour and confusion over names. When done correctly ...

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Noises Off – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:4] Michael Frayn’s multi-award winning comedy is a riotous double act that could be described as two for the price of one. First performed in 1982, and brought up to date by Frayn in 2000, Noises Off is a play within a play, with programme notes for both. Complicated? Yes – ...

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The Tempest – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Adrian Noble Reviewer: Shane Morgan [rating:3.5] The Isle is full of noises as we are told by the captive Caliban. The shipwrecked Ferdinand also speaks of fury and passion. These extremes are dealt with throughout what is arguably Shakespeare’s final play. Adrian Noble’s production focuses on discovery. From the shipwrecked nobles through to the island’s residents, ...

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