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The Tempest – St Paul’s Covent Garden

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Daniel Winder Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Working outside, without much of the mechanics and tools of a playhouse at their disposal, it’s entirely to their credit that Iris theatre have created a little bit of magic in the garden of St Paul’s. The Tempest is the yearly Shakespeare production for the company, filling the rose garden with ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies, and also one of his best. This new production at Shakespeare's Globe is a finely crafted, raucous interpretation that creates one of the funniest theatrical evenings for some time. Slapstick is a key element of Blanche McIntyre's direction, starting even before ...

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Medea – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Mike Bartlett, after Euripides Director: Mike Bartlett Reviewer: Alex Ramon [rating:2.5] There’s just one very good reason to see Headlong’s Medea, which updates and relocates Euripides’s tragedy to contemporary England. It’s not Ruari Murchison’s set design - clever though it is - which places the characters variously inside and outside an archetypal two-storey suburban home that opens and shuts ...

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Medea – Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

Writer: Euripides, in a new version by Mike Bartlett Director: Mike Bartlett Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] Mike Bartlett’s Medea initially seems a world away from Euripides’ original. With a new version written for Headlong and directed by himself, Bartlett transplants Rachael Stirling’s Medea into stultifying Home Counties suburbia, vibrantly captured by Ruari Murchison’s set. In this small town where her ...

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The Cherry Orchard – Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director: Andrew Hilton [rating:3.5] The Bristol-based Shakespeare company, ‘Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’ make their third foray into Chekhov territory, a comedy-based interpretation that achieves a decidedly Shakespearian balance. Initially at least there’s something of ‘Downton Abbey’ approach; a family returns to an ancestral home, complete with ancient retainers and a bevy of upper-class hangers-on with no ...

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