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Macbeth – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: William Shakespeare  Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent The National Theatre is taking its latest production of Macbeth around the country. The London run was met with mixed reviews and ran at a similar time to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production, which inevitably prompted comparisons. Rufus Norris’s offering is undeniably unique and the entire design team has constructed a ...

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Macbeth – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Lu Greer The National Theatre’s Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s most popularly retold plays, tells the story of the aftermath of a ruinous civil war and the Macbeths being inexorably pulled towards the crown by forces of darkness. The tone of the show is evident immediately from the set which is dominated by an ...

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Macbeth – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Dominic Corr Despite its notoriety as the pinnacle of the theatrical world, few can adapt the Bard’s words well. We all know the tale, or at least we boast about knowing it. Macbeth is far from a straightforward production. A step to the left and it becomes dreary, dank and uninteresting. A tad ...

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Macbeth – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Joan Phillips Raven-black and using the full depth of Theatre Royal Plymouth’s deep stage, designer Rae Smith’s cavernous, almost subterranean set, ominously establishes the doomed atmosphere that permeates throughout the National Theatre’s production of Macbeth. A huge arched bridge descends sharply to the front of the stage at floor level, and ascending to ...

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Macbeth – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Beginning its UK tour at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, The National Theatre’s touring production of Macbeth originally starred Rory Kinnear as the Scottish Lord and Anne-Marie Duff as his scheming wife, the production has been entirely recast as it takes to the road for a six-month tour. The National Theatre’s Artistic ...

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Winter Solstice – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Roland Schimmerlpfennig Translator: David Tushingham Director: Alice Malin Reviewer: Kelyn Luther It’s Christmas Eve; all is not calm and the night is far from silent. Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play is a well-constructed comedy in the vein of Alan Ayckbourn and it’s easy to see why Schimmelpfennig is the most performed playwright in Germany. The farce and domestic squabble translate well ...

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Tipping The Velvet – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Laura Wade, from the novel by Sarah Waters Director: Lyndsey Turner Reviewer: Gareth Davies You may recall the frisson of controversy that came with the BBC’s adaptation of Sarah Waters’ Victorian drama in 2002. The novel is now adapted for the stage by Laura Wade, whose play Posh was recently turned into the film The Riot Club, in a ...

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Tonight at 8.30 – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Michael Hootman English Touring Theatre has revived a series of nine one-act plays by Noël Coward which have not been performed in the UK since 1936. The three plays performed on this opening night seem to be, whether intentional or not, a triptych about the class system. It’s certainly a fascinating evening which ...

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