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Measure for Measure – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gregory Doran Reviewer: James Garrington A powerful man offers help to a young woman in return for sexual favours. These days reading a headline like this may leave you feeling shocked, or maybe no longer surprised – for stories like this have been quite prominent in the news over the past several months as more and ...

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As You Like It – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Kimberley Sykes Reviewer: Katy Roberts The Royal Shakespeare Company is kicking off its summer 2019 season with As You Like It, and what a fine production to open on. As You Like It is a story of the joys (and confusions) of falling in love and has all the classic elements that makes it one of Shakespeare’s ...

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OthelloMacbeth – HOME, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jude Christian Reviewer: Jo Beggs This co-production between Lyric Hammersmith and HOME could so easily be all concept and little content, given that it is pretty much what you might imagine from the title. Heavily abridged, the two plays are performed back to back with the same cast, drawing some neat parallels while retaining their individual ...

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Pity – Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer: Rory Mullarkey Director: Sam Pritchard Reviewer: Stephen Bates In 1960, Orson Welles’ production of Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros appeared at the Royal Court. In the 58 years of innovative theatre that have followed, apart from a 2007 revival of the same play, it is doubtful if the famous venue has seen anything quite so utterly bonkers as Rory Mullarkey’s absurdist, ...

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Dido: Queen of Carthage – The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

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Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Kimberley Sykes Reviewer: John Kennedy  The she-wolf suckled twins, Romulus and Remus, sacrosanct symbols of Ancient Rome’s foundation, never got in the way of shrewd chancer and Roman poet, Virgil, in his bid to re-jig legend and myth in pursuit of a lucrative propaganda pitch. Plagiarising, ‘reimagining’ Homer’s Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid epic celebrates the perilous voyages ...

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The Tragical History Of The Life And Death Of Doctor Faustus – The Swan Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon

Dr Faustus at The Swan, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer   At each performance of Dr Faustus, the decision of who shall play the title role and who shall be Mephistophilis is left to chance. Sandy Grierson and Oliver Ryan enter the stage from opposite sides, mirroring each other’s movements precisely as they reach centre stage,face each otherand light a match. ...

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Lanark: A Life in Three Acts – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Alasdair Gray Adaptor: David Greig Director: Graham Eatough Reviewer: R. G. Balgray It’s a classic, Alasdair Gray’s Lanark; occupying a unique place in Scottish fiction, acknowledged for its breadth of vision, but seen also by many as a daunting read (the cast certainly have some fun with this in its Third Act). So the Citizens Theatre genuinely does an ...

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Dunsinane – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: David Greig Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:5] Macbeth is dead. The queen has gone mad and is now, we are told, also dead. Malcolm, and an English army led by Siward, have taken control, and Malcolm is about to be crowned king. The worst, it would appear is over. What would happen, though, if the queen were, ...

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