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King John – Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Eleanor Rhode Reviewer: Katie Burchett Neon lights, foam hands and political sparring in a boxing ring; Eleanor Rhode brings Shakespeare’s unsung King John to the Swan Theatre in an explosion of visual splendour. It is a rare thing to go into a Shakespeare play with no preconceived ideas of how it’ll be done, but from the ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Book: Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Dan English Joe McFadden brings the Outback to Dartford in this production of the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which kick-started its UK tour in the Kent town. The production sees Tick, McFadden, head to the Outback with two fellow performers as he aims to bring his drag act ...

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Spring Awakening – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: Steven Sater Music: Duncan Sheik Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: John Roberts Over the past few years, the exciting partnership between Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment and Joe Houston and Will Whelton of Hope Mill Theatre have single handed changed the face of the Manchester Fringe Scene.  In the atmospheric warehouse space in Ancoats, magic really does take place, mainly ...

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Twelfth Night – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Paul Hart Reviewer:  Matthew Bagnall In the second of two repertory productions by Watermill Theatre, director Paul Hart has reimagined Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, Twelfth Night, with all of the farce and crossdressing to boot. The audience is greeted with familiar faces at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, as the same cast treat us to another inspiring and ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Two lovers kiss in front of an arch

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Paul Hart Reviewer:  Matthew Bagnall Romeo and Juliet needs little introduction: it is one of William Shakespeare’s most famous and widely acclaimed plays and has been enjoyed by millions across the globe. The classical frocks and outlandish costumes with which we might be familiar have been revolutionised in this bold and creative take on one of ...

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Twelfth Night – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: David Jobson Last year with a cast of young actors Paul Hart made his debut as the Watermill Theatre’s new artistic director with a production of Romeo + Juliet. A revival that used the tiny Watermill Theatre to its full potential in many creative ways. Now, for the theatre’s 50th anniversary, Hart continues his success ...

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Fiddler on the Roof – Liverpool Everyman, Liverpool

Book: Joseph Stein Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: Tate James The Everyman Theatre is now home to the 14 actors of the new Everyman Company, who are breaking tradition at the prestigious venue with a musical offering in the form of a new production of Fiddler on the Roof. It seems an alarmingly relevant choice for ...

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: John Roberts Let’s get the obvious out of the way… The Two Gentlemen of Verona isn’t Shakespeare’s finest play; it lacks the finesse in both structure and wit shown in his later works and it’s easy to see why scholars have argued that this is potentially the first work of a very young ...

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