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The Taming of the Shrew – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Katy Roberts William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is a notoriously tricky play, and a bold choice for the second production in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2019 season, directed by Justin Audibert. Not least because of the decision to turn the play’s central conflict - between a fiery, headstrong woman, Katherine, and ...

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Hamlet – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Hamlet at RST

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Fergus Morgan This is Denmark in name alone. Simon Godwin’s Hamlet, with Paapa Essiedu in the title role, relocates the rotten affairs of the Danish state to an unspecified West African court, where Claudius rules Elsinore like a military dictator and tribal symbolism is mixed with junta-like soldiery throughout. The shift is a ...

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Flare Path – Liverpool Playhouse

Philip Franks and Olivia Hallinan in Flare Path

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Terence Rattigan has been receiving a revival somewhat of late with several West End productions in the last five years; Cause Celebre, Flare Path, The Deep Blue Sea. This production by Original Theatre Company, who created the incredibly successful stage version of Birdsong, remains rooted firmly in the time it was ...

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Bottleneck – Underbelly Topside, Edinburgh

Writer: Luke Barnes Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: John Roberts You hardly have to go a day when the mention of one of footballs most prolific incidents doesn't appear in the news, The Hillsborough disaster is still very strong in people's minds and thoughts and the atrocities faced by those in the stadium will never be forgotten. Bottleneck by Luke Barnes ...

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Bottleneck – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Luke Barnes Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5] The power of theatre to take its audience down unexpected avenues is one of its greatest assets. Initially Luke Barnes’ Bottleneck may seem a feisty look at teenage angst and the trauma of growing up in Liverpool in the late 1980s. On the verge of his 15th birthday, Greg is ...

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Bottleneck – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Luke Barnes Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4.5] Fast approaching his 15th birthday, Greg is obsessed with football - every aspect of his life in the Boot Estate in Liverpool revolves around the beautiful game and it informs his every action. And in Luke Barnes’ one-man play Bottleneck set in the late 1980s, we find a portrait not ...

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