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Don Quixote – Swan Theatre, RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon

David Threlfall and Rufus Hound in the RSC's Don Quixote

Writer: Miguel de Cervantes Adaptor: James Fenton Director: Angus Jackson Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   In taking Miguel de Cervantes’ rambling 900-page novel, fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote Of La Mancha, and turning it into a workable stage play only three hours long, James Fenton has achieved something quite remarkable. Don Quixote is no longer an intimidating brick of ...

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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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Wendy & Peter Pan – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The RSC production of Wendy and Peter Pan

Writer: J M Barrie Adaptor: Ella Hickson Director: Jonathan Munby Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   It is difficult not to love a play that features swordfights, crocodiles, fairies and pirates. And it is difficult not to love a show that features actors soaring high above the crowd and an enormous pirate ship rolling across the stage, complete with mast and rigging. ...

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Love for Love – The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: William Congreve Director: Selina Cadell Reviewer: James Garrington Love for Love was written in the late 17th century – a time when theatres were places for an audience to go and have fun. They were very much part of the action themselves and expected – encouraged even – to take part and enjoy themselves. Theatres and theatrical troupes were ...

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Hecuba – Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Writer: Euripides (Adapted by Marina Carr) Director: Erica Whyman Reviewer: Katy Roberts Kicking off the RSC's Autumn/Winter season in the Swan Theatre is Marina Carr's fiercely compelling reimagining of Euripides' tragedy, Hecuba. Directed by Erica Whyman, this is a production retold for a modern audience, putting Derbhle Crotty's grief-stricken Hecuba, and her struggle to hold onto her sanity in the ...

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Henry V – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gregory Doran Reviewer: James Garrington This year marks the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, and the RSC are commemorating it with what is possibly the funniest and most entertaining version of Henry V that you could hope to see. Director Gregory Doran has approached the play with a nod to the past, both in ...

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Volpone – Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: Ben Jonson Director: Trevor Nunn Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards Volpone is a play which really has its finger on the pulse. Greed and wealth; institutionalised sexual assault hushed up by clandestine establishment forces including both the justice and finance system; concentration of power in select elites – Ben Jonson’s play is as much about 2015 as it is about ...

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