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Othello – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Iqbal Khan Reviewer: James Garrington Othello. That’s the one where the black general is duped by his white aide into killing his wife in a fit of jealousy, right? Think again, because that is absolutely not the case in this surprising new production by the RSC. The decision to cast a black actor as Iago challenges ...

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Death of a Salesman – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Director: Gregory Doran Writer: Arthur Miller Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards It’s the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth this year, which goes some way to explaining the recent plethora of productions of (a very select few of) his plays. In the West End there is the transfer of the Young Vic production of A View from the Bridge, and the same ...

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The Jew of Malta – The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: James Garrington Some 15 years before Shakespeare introduced The Merchant of Veniceto the world, Christopher Marlowe was busy penning his own play, The Jew of Malta – and what a delight it is, too. It is being presented here as part of an RSC season which explores the “outsider”, and shows, as is ...

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Love’s Labours Won: RSC Live Broadcast – Gala Theatre, Durham

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Love’s Labour’s Won or Much Ado about Nothing, is a tale of two pairs of lovers, one pair maligned and the other pushed together by friends. Claudio (Tunji Kasim) in love with Hero (Flora Spencer-Longhurst), rejects her at the altar, accusing her of infidelity, having been duped into believing it. While ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost: RSC Live Broadcast – Gala Theatre, Durham

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Reality versus fantasy, love, desire, reckoning and rationalization. These are themes in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Ferdinand King of Navarre (Sam Alexander) and his three companions, Berowne (Edward Bennett), Dumaine (Tunji Kasim) and Longaville (William Belchambers) vow to forsake the company of women for three years in order to study and fast. ...

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Oppenheimer – RSC: The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

  Writer: Tom Morton-Smith Director: Angus Jackson Reviewer: James Garrington "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." These are words from Hindu scripture, written four thousand or more years ago. They are also the words that J. Robert Oppenheimer later claimed came into his mind upon witnessing the first atomic bomb test in 1945. Oppenheimer went on to ...

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WHAT’S HOT: Week Beginning 19th January 2015

As the pantomimes and Christmas shows pack up from their runs over the festive period, theatres around the UK are this week beginning to get back into some normality. From a new work exploring the race for nuclear armament, to revivals of masterworks from some of theatre’s greatest writers there is a host of great works to see all across ...

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The Christmas Truce – The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: Phil Porter Director: Erica Whyman Reviewer: James Garrington December 1914. The Great War has been under way for four months, and has become bogged down in a stalemate in France and Belgium where men have burrowed into the ground, never daring to raise their heads above the parapet for fear of a sniper’s bullet or an incoming shell. Then ...

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