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Summer and Smoke – Duke of York’s Theatre, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Rebecca Frecknall Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Alma, a nervy rector’s daughter who is keen to let people know her name is Spanish for ‘soul’, has carried a torch for the boy next door for years. Following his father into medicine, John is everything she is not: gregarious, commanding, sexual. The dichotomy between these two characters is at ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The Globe’s Summer of Love progresses - verve, wit and colour very much in abundance. Matthew Dunster’s creation takes us from the regular setting of Messina to Mexico in the early 20th Century. The revolución becomes the military backdrop for Don Pedro’s men as they come to Leonato’s house and with ...

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Imogen – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Matthew Dunster Choreographer: Christopher Akrill Reviewer: Dan English Class A drugs and inner city gangs, not the usual ingredients of a Shakespeare play nor usually spotted on stage at Shakespeare's Globe, but this time they find themselves together in the remarkable Imogen. Based on Cymbeline, this Matthew Dunster directed production is 'renamed and reclaimed' to make ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies, and also one of his best. This new production at Shakespeare's Globe is a finely crafted, raucous interpretation that creates one of the funniest theatrical evenings for some time. Slapstick is a key element of Blanche McIntyre's direction, starting even before ...

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Our Country’s Good – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Max Stafford- Clark Reviewer: Rosie Revell [Rating: 5] “We left our country for our country’s good” In 1988 director Max Stafford- Clark read Thomas Keneally’s novel The Playmaker and decided to adapt it into a play. Based on real-life events, the book, set in 1871, charts the production of Australia’s first stage play, The Recruiting Officer. ...

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Our Country’s Good – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Jimmy Mac [rating:5] "Theatre leads to threatening theory" By hook or by crook, Out of Joints co-production with the Octagon Theatre Bolton marks a 24 year anniversary for Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good. Originally performed in 1988, the text to varying degrees is a play within a play within a play. Based on ...

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