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Othello – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Richard Twyman Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Othello is a plethora of impassioned emotions; hatred, fear, discrimination, jealousy, manipulation and prejudice, all the ingredients of a great night at the theatre? A Muslim General in a Christian country, Othello (Victor Oshin) marries Senator Brabantio’s (Christopher Bianchi) daughter Desdemona (Kitty Archer) secretly, leading to major repercussions. Othello promotes a ...

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Othello – Harrogate Theatre

Director: Richard Twyman Writer: Shakespeare Company: English Touring Theatre Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Beware, my lord, of jealousy... Othello. Just the name conjures up so many images in the minds of the audience. A savage heathen. A misunderstood sympathetic. A trusting fool turned violent by circumstance. Richard Twyman has chosen to direct his Othello as a secret Muslim, provoked to unleash ...

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Home Chat – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Martin Parr Reviewer: Daniel Perks In a decade on the brink of change, a familial unit is found caught between worlds. The matriarchs of the Ebony household, Agnes Ebony (Polly Adams) and Violet Chilham (Joanna David), take a conservative view of life – women should not be free to travel without spouses on trains, or to ...

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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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The Herbal Bed – Theatre Royal, Bath

ETT's The Herbal Bed production shot

Writer:Peter Whelan Director:James Dacre Reviewer: Claire Hayes   As contemporary headlines scream for transparency and the gap between public and private is narrowed, the themes of Peter Whelan’s 1996 play The Herbal Bed seem more relevant than ever. In 1613, James I has been on the throne for ten years. Post-Reformation England is full of social upheaval, as the Puritan ...

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The Herbal Bed – The Lowry, Salford

ETT's The Herbal Bed production shot

Writer: Peter Whelan Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Richard Hall As the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death approaches attention is focussing on the playwright’s colourful life and cultural legacy. In this fascinating play, originally written for the Royal Shakespeare Company, writer Peter Whelan brilliantly evokes Jacobean England as well as providing a speculative glimpse into Shakespeare’s family life in Stratford ...

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The Herbal Bed – Liverpool Playhouse

ETT's The Herbal Bed production shot

Writer: PeterWhalen Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin If this play is to be believed, then Susanna Shakespeare had inherited her father’s gift for colourful invention. When a dalliance with a neighbour starts to threaten her respectable world as a doctor’s wife she persuades her maid Hester to blur the truth. The Herbal Bed - The Secret Life of Shakespeare’s ...

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