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Night of the Iguana – Noël Coward Theatre, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: James Mcdonald Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty The thickness of the air around the clifftop veranda feels almost physical in James Mcdonald’s production of this hot, sticky, sometimes disturbing, always intriguing play. Trapped in a Mexican rainforest at a tin-roofed collection of shacks trying to be a hotel where people can run to when their problems get overwhelming, ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Designer: Lez Brotherston Lighting Design: Neil Austin Sound Design: Paul Groothuis Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Following on from the critically-acclaimed new work, The Red Shoes, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures delve deep into the back catalogue to 1997 to revive their much-loved production of Cinderella. Re-set to World War 2, Cinderella and her shell-shocked, ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Maggie Constable Always popular at Milton Keynes theatre, Matthew Bourne and his New Adventures company make their annual visit this week with the revisioned Cinderella, first seen on U.K stages just over 20 years ago. For those who have not seen Bourne’s Cinderella, this is not the classic fairytale, even if ...

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Macbeth – HOME, Manchester

Anna Maxwell Martin & John Heffernan in Carrie Cracknell's Macbeth

Writer: William Shakespeare Directors: Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin Reviewer: Peter Jacobs   Following their highly regarded collaboration on Medea at the National Theatre, Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin create a new version of Shakespeare’s supernatural tragedy. This co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Young Vic and HOME takes a similarly bold approach, editing William Shakespeare’s text and adding contemporary ...

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Macbeth – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

John Heffernan (Macbeth) and Anna Maxwell Martin (Lady Macbeth) in Macbeth.

Writer: William Shakespeare Directors: Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is one of the most famous plays written in the English language. It is also one of Shakespeare’s most performed: written at the turn of the sixteenth century, its first performance was at London’s Globe Theatre in 1611, and since then actors such as ...

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Macbeth – Young Vic, London

Macbeth production Image

Writer: William Shakespeare Directors: Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Superstition tells us never to speak the name of this play by William Shakespeare inside a theatre, a rule that could well be extended to warn against ever performing it in The Cut, London SE1. Memories of the infamous 1980 production starring Peter O’Toole at the Old ...

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English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire – Milton Keynes Theatre

Music-various Choreography-after Marius Petipa Konstantin Sergeyev Director : Tamara Rojo Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:5] Le Corsaire (The Pirate) is sailing into Milton Keynes this week, well metaphorically at least! Do not miss the boat. One might have wished to float off with them after this evening’s performance! English National Ballet is the first UK Company to perform the complete piece, ...

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Macbeth – Manchester International Festival

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rob Ashford &Kenneth Branagh Reviewer: Matthew Nichols [Rating:5] Why stage Macbeth again? Why stage it now? Surely there has to be justification, a reason, or a need to put a distinctive slant on it. It’s not like there’s a dearth of interpretations on stage (Eve Best’s production of The Scottish Play also opened at the Globe ...

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