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King Lear – Oxford Playhouse

King Lear featuring Michael Pennington

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Michael Pennington has played them all: Richard II, Henry V, Leontes, Coriolanus, Macbeth, Hamlet, you name it. Now, nearing 73, he is touring the UK as the title role in Max Webster’s King Lear. His Lear is remarkable in its range of emotion, descending from barrel-chested brashness into doddery, near-silent senility ...

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The Herbal Bed – Oxford Playhouse

ETT's The Herbal Bed production shot

Writer:Peter Whelan Director:James Dacre Reviewer: Fergus Morgan While the rest of the English-speaking world is indulging in a veritable jamboree of Shakespeare, English Touring Company has mischievously decided to produce Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed, about the bard’s daughter and her sexual indiscretions. It is the first time that this 1996 Olivier-nominated play, which was based on a documented 17th ...

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Jeremy Hardy – Oxford Playhouse

Jeremy Hardy on tour

Reviewer: Fergus Morgan “I was genuinely thinking about giving up talking about mainstream politics”, confesses Jeremy Hardy, before shrugging, flapping his arms out and blithely adding, “but then one of my best mates became leader of the Labour Party.” And so the tone for the evening is set. As Hardy himself puts it, this will be “a full and frank, ...

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Snow White – Oxford Playhouse

Snow White and the apple

Director and Choreographer: Liv Lorent Music: Murray Gold Reviewer:Katy Roberts The cautionary tale of Snow White is told anew in this new production from Newcastle contemporary dance company, balletLORENT. Reworked for the stage in a scenario written by former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, this is not your traditional sugar-coated, happily-ever-after. Duffy and director Liv Lorent look to the original ...

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Single Spies – Oxford Playhouse

Single Spies press image

Writer: Alan Bennett Director:Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Single Spies, Alan Bennett’s 1988 double bill about the Cambridge Spies in the years after their unmasking by the authorities, is an astoundingly accomplished piece of writing. The two plays – An Englishman Abroad and A Question Of Attribution – are treated conservatively and classily in this touring co-production from Chichester Festival ...

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Medea – Oxford Playhouse

Scene form Medea

Choreography: Thomas Noone Reviewer: Katy Roberts In its U.K. premiere as part of Dancin' Oxford's tenth birthday celebration, Thomas Noone's production of Medea is a vivid reimagining of Euriphides' powerful ancient tragedy. When Medea is betrayed by her unfaithful husband Jason, who wishes to marry the Princess of Corinthe, Medea seeks a terrible, bloody revenge against those who have wronged ...

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Opus 7 – Oxford Playhouse, Oxford

Opus7 from Cheptel Aleïkou

Writer: Cheptel Aleïkoum Director: Circa Tsuica Reviewer: Katy Roberts Making their debut tonight in Oxford, Circa Tsuica arrives at the Playhouse in a riot of rhythm and a cacophony of colour, right from the moment the lights go down. The creation of Cheptel Aleïkoum, a collective of French entertainers, Circa Tsuica is the perfect family showand a wonderful introduction to ...

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