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The Winter’s Tale – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Katy Roberts Cheek by Jowl’s viscerally-charged interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s strangest romances has been rewritten as the diary of a madman. Make no mistake: here, King Leontes (Orlando James) ruler of Sicilia, is presented as a bona fide psychopath, maddened by the unfounded suspicion that his wife, Hermione (Natalie Radmall-Quirke), is having an ...

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Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games – New Theatre, Oxford

Choreographer: Michael Flatley Reviewer:  Bethaney Rimmer “If you believe in yourself and you are willing to work hard, then nothing is impossible” – a quote from Michael Flatley himself, who has indeed achieved incredible things. The original Lord of the Dance debuted in 1996 and has maintained its enormous popularity for almost twenty-one years, selling out arenas from Tokyo to ...

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Things I Know To Be True – Oxford Playhouse

Cast of Things I Know to be True

Writer:Andrew Bovell Directors:Geordie Brookman and Scott Graham Reviewer: Katy Roberts A collaboration between the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Frantic Assembly, Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True invites us into the lives of a seemingly perfect family, who turn out to be anything but, with searing and devastating effect. First premiered in early 2016 in Adelaide, ...

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Peter Pan in Scarlet – Oxford Playhouse

Peter Pan hanging in the air

Writer: Geraldine McCaughrean Adaptor/Director: Theresa Heskins Music: James Atherton Reviewer:Katy Roberts As Oxford Playhouse’s inaugural production, in collaboration with the New Vic Theatre, and after a refurbishment project spanning a total of three years costing £800,000, Peter Pan in Scarlet is the perfect show to fill this exciting and fresh new space. The show is adapted for the stage by ...

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The Last Tango – New Theatre, Oxford

flavia cacace vincent simone last tango

Director &Co-choreographer: Karen Bruce Choreographers: Karen Bruce, Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer It won’t be long before Strictly Come Dancing is back on our screens and suddenly all everyone can think about is just how many sequins did they fit onto that tiny cha-cha-cha outfit, but in the meantime fans of the show can enjoy a brilliant ...

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The Encounter – Oxford Playhouse

Simon McBurney in The Encounter

Writer: Simon McBurney Director: Simon McBurney and Kirsty Housley Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Simon McBurney’s The Encounter has been blowing audiences away since it premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival last summer. Now, on one of the few UK stops on an extensive international tour, McBurney’s one-man show, made in conjunction with Complicite, has alighted at the Oxford Playhouse in what ...

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Clybourne Park – Oxford Playhouse

The Cast of Clybourne Park

Writer: Bruce Norris Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Fergus Morgan As one member of the audience pointed out in a lively post-show discussion following this performance of Clybourne Park at the Oxford Playhouse, Lorraine Hansberry is enjoying something of a purple patch in British theatre right now. A completed Les Blancs is playing to huge acclaim at the National, Eclipse Theatre’s ...

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A Raisin In The Sun – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director:John Retallack Reviewer: Fergus Morgan With Bruce Norris’ acclaimed Clybourne Park arriving at the Oxford Playhouse next week, it seems only appropriate to treat dedicated theatre-goers to a staged reading of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun, the 1959 play upon which Clybourne Park is based, a few days before. Produced in association with Oxford’s Ruskin ...

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