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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It been almost two years since The Faction last staged a Shakespeare adaptation in London, taking their innovative approach to Much Ado About Nothing into Selfridges department store. Before that an extended residency at the New Diorama Theatre offered exciting new versions of Romeo and Juliet as well as a Richard III that ...

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Richard III, New Diorama Theatre, London

Richard III

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   ‘Brother to brother / Blood to blood, self against self’. Richard III is one of the Bard’s bloodiest history plays with a controversial villain at its heart.The debateabout the true Richard was reignited recently when his remains were located in Leicestershire; some seeing Shakespeare’s play as nothing but unfounded slander ...

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Private Peaceful – Theatre Royal, Winchester

Director and adaptation: Simon Reade Original Book: Michael Morpurgo Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Writing a performance for children about the atrocities and complexities of the First World War is a difficult task. Many may think that the subject matter is something to shy away from the delicate ears of children, but acknowledge that to neglect educating the next generation about our ...

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The Robbers – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writer: Friedrich Schiller Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Stephen Bates Written when he was still at school and first performed in 1781, The Robbers is German playwright Friedrich Schiller’s debut play. Here The Faction ensemble is reviving it as the third in its current repertory season, all performed at this theatre by the same company of actors. It joins Hamlet and ...

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Thebes – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writer: Gareth Jandrell (after Sophocles and Aeschylus) Director: Rachel Valentine Smith Reviewer: Alice McGuigan [rating:4] “I vow to save you once more, my Thebes. My city” promises King Oedipus, unaware that his own fate has already set its suffering in motion. Presented by The Faction and written by Gareth Jandrell, this modern adaptation condenses Sophocles’ and Aeschylus’ classical Theban plays. ...

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Hamlet – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Jon Wainwright [rating:3.5] With little in the way of set design, costume or music, many companies would struggle to create the rotten state of Denmark and its dysfunctional royal family, and to sustain a production of this play for three hours. The Faction have a good track record and can usually draw upon ...

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Three Sisters – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov, in a version by Ranjit Bolt Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Andy Moseley [rating:3.5] People who bemoan theatre’s obsession with classical plays often complain they have no contemporary relevance. The Faction’s production of Three Sisters almost immediately shows the complaint as false, as Irina, the youngest sister, espouses the value of work and shows contempt for anyone who ...

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Fiesco – New Diorama, London

Writer: Friedrich Schiller Adaptor: Daniel Millar &Mark Leipacher Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] With this, their third Schiller adaptation in two years, The Faction Theatre Company are continuing their ambitious quest to stage the complete works of one of Germany’s premiere playwrights. A new version by Daniel Millar and Mark Leipacher, and directed by the latter, Fiesco is ...

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