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The Merry Wives of Windsor – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Fiona Laird Reviewer: James Garrington If you’re hoping to see how Shakespeare can be brought up to date, then look no further than this fun-packed production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. There is little doubt that Shakespeare designed many of his plays to be crowd-pleasers, aimed at entertaining and engaging with the general public of the ...

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The Brink – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Brad Birch Director: Mel Hillyard Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Nick is not sleeping well. Every night he is woken by the same nightmare that the school at which he teaches is blown to smithereens and he himself is splattered into a million little pieces. The dreams lead him to the brink of extreme anxiety and then the discovery that ...

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The Taming of the Shrew-The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: William Shakespeare Text Adaptation: Edward Hall and Roger Warren Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Nathanael Kent [rating:3]   Edward Hall’s production of The Taming of the Shrew starts not in a tavern but at a wedding, where Christopher Sly, usually portrayed as a drunken tinker, is a no-more sober guest. It’s a nice touch, given that the play is very ...

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Propeller: The Taming of the Shrew – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Jimmy Hardwick [Rating:4.5] Even 400 years after it was written Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew is a controversial and unsettling play. This quite excellent production by the all male company Propeller shows both the difficult subject matter and the humour so expertly written into the piece. It is physical, witty, misogynistic and full ...

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Propeller: Twelfth Night – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Peter Jacobs [rating:5] Propeller is an all male Shakespeare company that for 15 years has been bringing an investigative approach to the text mixed with a modern physical aesthetic. Director Edward Hall rejects the notion that Propeller make Shakespeare accessible as if the plays need ‘dumbing down’ to make them comprehensible to modern ...

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The Taming of the Shrew – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: William Shakespeare (adapted by Edward Hall &Roger Warren) Director: Edward Hall Associate Director: Dugald Bruce-Lockhart Reviewer: Joan Phillips [rating:5] Awesome, hilarious, compelling and deeply troublesome – prepare yourself for a roller coaster of emotions from the Propeller Theatre Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. This play has provided controversy since it was first staged. What Shakespeare intended ...

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Twelfth Night – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Lu Greer [rating:4] Boxing, tap dancing and fishnet stockings in Shakespeare – it can only mean that Propeller is back in town. This time around they’re reimagining Twelfth Night, the story of Viola, a young woman that loses her brother at sea, ends up pretending to be a man to work for a ...

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The Taming Of The Shrew- Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptors: Edward Hall and Roger Warren Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   Classic plays sometimes present a moral maze for modern directors. Themes that may have resonated 400 years ago sometimes jar with contemporary sensibilities. The challenge then for directors is to find a hook for modern audiences. The Taming of the Shrew is one ...

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