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Uncle Vanya – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adapter: Peter Gill Translator: Helen Rappaport Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Charlie Senate To end the second act, Sonya (Rosie Sheehy), the professor’s assiduous daughter, who, along with her uncle Vanya [Jamie Ballard], manages the estate which has funded her father’s academic career, giddily begs her step-mother Elena (Shanaya Rafaat) to play a little diddy. “Oh, do, do! ...

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Ghosts – Home, Manchester

Niamh Cussak leads the cast in Ghosts

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adaptor: David Watson Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Richard Hall Henrik Ibsen belongs to a small group of influential late 19th Century writers, including Strindberg and George Bernard Shaw, who are credited with creating the so called, “problem play”. The plays written during this period and well into the beginning of the 20th Century highlighted social issues and ...

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King John – Rose Theatre, Kingston

King John by William Shakespeare at The Rose Theatre

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Trevor Nunn Reviewer: Jon Wainwright   Like most of Shakespeare’s kings, John is not cut out for a leadership role. This is a world in which the Duke of Austria wears a lion’s pelt at court, where his late brother had a lion’s heart, and where his own mother looks splendid in chain mail. Jamie Ballard ...

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The Merchant of Venice – Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Pete Benson The Merchant of Venice sits about midway through Shakespeare’s canon of plays. The merchant of the title, Antonio, agrees to borrow money from Shylock, a money-lender, and promises to pay a terrible price should he default on the loan. The great interest of this play to a modern audience is how ...

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