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Britannia Waves the Rules – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: May Mellstrom In the programme notes for his debut play, Britannia Waves the Rules, playwright Gareth Farr recalls an early meeting in which he was told to ‘put this play in a drawer and forget about it’. Thankfully others disagreed; with Farr awarded the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2011 and The Royal ...

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The Last Days of Troy – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The Royal Exchange has high hopes for The Last Days of Troy. Simon Armitage’s re-telling of the Trojan War legend transfers to The Globe in London after its Manchester run. The production features a large cast supplemented by local volunteers who swell battle scenes and achieve rapid changes. Armitage, and director ...

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NEWS: Lily Cole to play Helen of Troy at Royal Exchange Theatre

Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre has announced that Lily Cole is to star in the world premiere of THE LAST DAYS OF TROY – a visceral reworking of Homer’s THE ILIAD. She will play Helen Of Troy in this new play by nationally acclaimed poet and author Simon Armitage. The production runs from Thursday 8 May to Saturday 7 June. Film ...

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The True Tragedy of the Duke of York – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards [Rating:3.5]   One cannot really blame Shakespeare for how the events unfold in his histories. While I’m sure he made allowances for small discrepancies (artistic license, so to speak) the important things had to remain the same, else what is the point in writing a history at all, if it ...

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The Houses of York and Lancaster – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards [Rating:4]   The second part of a trilogy has a difficult rôle to play. In a sense, it has neither a beginning nor an ending. Whereas the first instalment of the Globe’s three Henry VI plays could work as a stand alone play, The Houses of York and Lancaster doesn’t ...

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Harry the Sixth – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards [Rating:3.5]   The three plays that make up Henry VI are among the least known and least appreciated of the Shakespeare cannon. Bookended by the superb Henry V and Richard III, they go largely forgotten. It is refreshing then that Shakespeare’s Globe, during this its ‘Season of Plenty’ has decided ...

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Henry VI Part 1 – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Michael Hootman [rating:4] It could be said that the problem with Shakespeare’s Histories is that they tend to blur into various squabbles among blokes named after counties coupled with one long, inexplicable war with the French. Daunting as this may seem, don’t let lack of a History A Level put you off. It ...

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Henry VI trilogy, York Theatre Royal

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Ray Taylor [rating:5] On what is officially the hottest day of the year so far, Globe Theatre’s staging of the whole of the Henry VI trilogy in one day calls for a huge amount of stamina and concentration both for the company and the audience. The results are an unequivocal triumph. The Company ...

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