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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Hanging Gardens – The Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Directed by: Patrick Mason Written by: Frank McGuinness Reviewed by: Ciara Murphy [Rating:4.5] Frank McGuinness’s highly anticipated new play, The Hanging Gardens deals with the issue of adult dementia and the impact that this disease has on the family unit. Directed by Patrick Mason The Hanging Gardens, tells the story of the Grant family who, “keep themselves to themselves”. Hidden ...

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Twelve Angry Men – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Reginald Rose Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:4.5] One hot day in late summer, twelve men are locked into a jury room together. They have to decide the fate of a young man who is on trial for murder. The judge has made it clear that they must all agree, and if they find him guilty he will ...

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Propeller’s Twelfth Night – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: William Shakespeare Text Adaptation: Edward Hall and Roger Warren Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Nathanael Kent [rating:3] Propeller’s all-male casting adds an interesting dimension to Twelfth Night. In Joseph Chance’s Viola, we have a man playing a woman disguised as a man, namely Cesario. And, like The Taming of the Shrew, with which this production runs in repertory, disguise is ...

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The Taming of the Shrew-The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: William Shakespeare Text Adaptation: Edward Hall and Roger Warren Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Nathanael Kent [rating:3]   Edward Hall’s production of The Taming of the Shrew starts not in a tavern but at a wedding, where Christopher Sly, usually portrayed as a drunken tinker, is a no-more sober guest. It’s a nice touch, given that the play is very ...

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Propeller: The Taming of the Shrew – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Jimmy Hardwick [Rating:4.5] Even 400 years after it was written Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew is a controversial and unsettling play. This quite excellent production by the all male company Propeller shows both the difficult subject matter and the humour so expertly written into the piece. It is physical, witty, misogynistic and full ...

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Propeller: Twelfth Night – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Peter Jacobs [rating:5] Propeller is an all male Shakespeare company that for 15 years has been bringing an investigative approach to the text mixed with a modern physical aesthetic. Director Edward Hall rejects the notion that Propeller make Shakespeare accessible as if the plays need ‘dumbing down’ to make them comprehensible to modern ...

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Twelfth Night – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: William Shakespeare (adapted by Edward Hall &Roger Warren) Director: Edward Hall Reviewer : Joan Phillips [Rating:3.5] Twelfth Night is the second of this season’s Shakespeare adaptations from the Propeller Theatre Company running alongside The Taming of the Shrew. This play was originally written to celebrate the twelfth night after Christmas which, prior to Shakespeare’s time, was a day of ...

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The Taming Of The Shrew- Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptors: Edward Hall and Roger Warren Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   Classic plays sometimes present a moral maze for modern directors. Themes that may have resonated 400 years ago sometimes jar with contemporary sensibilities. The challenge then for directors is to find a hook for modern audiences. The Taming of the Shrew is one ...

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