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 Illuminate – Manchester Central Library 

Artistic Direction: Kevin Edward Turner Choreography: Kevin Edward Turner, Anthony Missen Musical Direction: Miguel Marin Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Illuminate is a site-specific promenade dance performance created by Manchester dance company Company Chameleon and commissioned by Manchester Central Library for their Library Live cultural events programme. Illuminate explores seven themes or plot-lines that have underpinned literature through the centuries, in an ...

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Pistorius: A Shakespearean Tragedy – Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

oscar pistorius in an elizabethan ruff

Reviewer: James Napleton A direct combination of Elizabethan theatre and the highly publicised murder of Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius: A Shakespearean Tragedy is a fascinating performance that blends the archaic and the contemporary with varying success. The play mainly focuses on the court case for the murder, although it also follows the events building up to and surrounding Reeva’s death. This structuring is ...

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Hamlet – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Lewendel Set Designer: Curtis C. Trout Costume Designer: Isabella van Braeckel Reviewer: Ron Simpson Icarus Theatre Collective claim that this is Hamlet for the Game of Thrones generation. It’s difficult to work out what this means, but the production style is self-consciously dramatic, the narrative and characters both undeveloped. Of the ideas that Max Lewendel ...

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The Suppliant Women – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Greig Composer: John Browne Director: Ramin Gray Reviewer: S.E. Webster 2,500 years ago, the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus wrote a play that he probably never imagined would be now treading the boards of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. Nor could he have imagined that his drama would still be extremely topical thousands of years later. From immigration ...

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Hamlet – Exeter Northcott

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Lucy Corley The poster for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s Hamlet – a skull wearing a red nose and grinning – promises a quirky, unique reading of the play that the company, unfortunately, does not deliver. This isn’t to say that the show is unsuccessful: it may not have been the production its ...

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Richard III – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Written by: William Shakespeare Director: Mark Rosenblatt Reviewer: Rich Jevons West Yorkshire Playhouse’s autumn season opens with Associate Director Mark Rosenblatt and Associate Artist Reece Dinsdale rekindling their creative collaboration of last year’s Untold Stories. Richard III is a bizarre blend of history and tragedy that explores the quest for power in all its tyrannical ruthlessness, in a part that ...

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‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore – The Duke on 42nd Street, New York

Writer: John Ford Director: Jesse Berger Reviewer: Tim Koch Incest, secrets, plots of revenge, and death. Lots of death. From the title alone, one might assume ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore is a raucous comedy, but that is as far from the truth as saying everything turns out all right in the end. Written by John Ford some time between ...

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King Lear – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Jackson Lawrence The Northern Broadsides theatre company prides itself on retelling classics with a northern voice. The actors speak in their own accents and King Lear is delivered with the same rustic, rugged charm of the north. The show is blunt, honest, simple. However, in a play that is centuries old, which has ...

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