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Macbeth – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Oliver Dimsdale Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Filter’s Macbeth is not one for the traditionalists. Making use of innovative lighting, experimental live music and a liberal rehashing of the original text, but still attempting to address conventional themes through recognisable characters, it is a play caught in limbo, aggressively modernised on the surface yet somehow recognisable underneath. And ...

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Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: David and Robert Goodale Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Jeeves and Wooster is not great theatre by any stretch of the imagination but, frankly, it has no discernible pretensions in that direction. Indeed, much like the P.G. Wodehouse novels Sean Foley’s production is based upon, it is simply a moderately amusing, relentlessly banal, but expertly crafted few hours ...

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Spamalot – New Theatre, Oxford

Director: Christopher Luscombe Book and lyrics: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer All of the random silliness and slapstick antics you’d expect from a hit musical “lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ is present and correct in Spamalot. This current touring production opened in January this year and stars Joe Pasquale as King ...

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Top Hat – New Theatre, Oxford

Adapters: Matthew White and Howard Jacques Music and Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer Top Hat is like a luxurious warm hug on a cold January night; you’re bound to leave the theatre feeling bright, breezy, and in high spirits after more than two hours of being immersed in this jovial musical comedy. The original film of ...

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Dirty Dancing – New Theatre, Oxford

Director: Sarah Tipple Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer Eleanor Bergstein’s Dirty Dancing, originally starring the legendary Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, is still one of the best loved romantic films of all time. The infectious music combined with the fun and flirty dance moves gained this coming of age story an Oscar, a Grammy Award, and a Golden Globe, ...

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Riverdance- New Theatre, Oxford

Director: John McColgan Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer What started as a seven minute performance at the1994 Eurovision Song Contest has grown into a globally recognised spectacle. Riverdance is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, and while the sheer precision and energy of original stars of the stage show, Michael Flatley and Jean Butler, seemed like they could never be matched, this current ...

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Regeneration – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Nicholas Wright Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Fergus Morgan This year, as the nation marks one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War, has seen a plethora of productions that use the conflict as their subject matter. The inevitable consequence of this surfeit of similarly themed drama is a regrettable desensitisation to the poignancy of World War ...

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Shrek The Musical – New Theatre, Oxford

Director: Nigel Harman Book and lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer Based on the popular DreamWorks Animation film that features the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz, Shrek the Musical is a family oriented, comedy musical with a lot of pizazz, heart, and sass. Those familiar with the film will see most of their ...

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