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Macbeth – Royal William Yard, Plymouth

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jo Loyn Reviewer: Kelyn Luther 2018 marks the fourth year of ‘Bard in the Yard’- Barbican Theatre’s summer Shakespeare production staged outdoors in the ‘secret garden’ of Residence One, Royal William Yard. Having previously staged only comedies in this way, Macbeth might seem like an odd choice - after all, the foreboding gloom of Scotland doesn’t ...

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The Tempest – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Emma Boswell The Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre returns this summer, converted into a magical island in its staging of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Directed by the very talented artistic director of Storyhouse (and Cestrian) Alex Clifton, The Tempest explores the story of Prospero; the usurped Duke (or Duchess, in this production) of Milan, ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Heaton Park, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Caroline Clegg Reviewer: Lizz Clark Two households, both alike in dignity... in fair Heaton, where we lay our scene? That is the version of The Bard's famous prologue which audiences are hearing this summer, as Feelgood Theatre Productions brings the timeless love story to Grade I-listed Heaton Hall and the surrounding park. This promenade production takes ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Composer and Musical Director: Olly Fox Director: Bill Buckhurst Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Picnics at the ready; pop open the prosecco and uncork the Malbec! Sit back, relax and enjoy your journey to Messina at the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. Written in 1598, when women were expected to stay chaste and subservient in a world ruled by ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Actors Fund, New York

[A Midsummer Night's Dream] [Smith Street Stage, NYC] (c)Chris Montgomery Photography

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jonathan Hopkins Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Smith Street Stage brings a vibrant production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to The Actors Fund after a run at Carroll Park in Brooklyn earlier this month. Jonathan Hopkins directs a dynamic cast with specificity and joy, and the spirit of one of Shakespeare’s most well-trodden romps is freshly invigorated in ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost – University of Law Gardens, Guildford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Steve Turner Written towards the end of the sixteenth century Shakespeare’s comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost features the longest scene and the longest word in any of his works. There is also more than the usual helping of sophisticated wordplay and convoluted literary references, such that it might seem a little impenetrable. Thankfully the Guildford ...

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As You Like It – Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Rosalind in As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s greatest female roles, a protagonist with wit and intelligence who commands much of the action. The play itself will either sweep you away with its dreamy romanticism, or, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, it’s crowd-pleasing sentimentality will get on your nerves. Max ...

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Richard III – Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Lindsay Posner Designer: Lee Newby Reviewer: Ron Simpson In both Lindsay Posner’s contributions to the four-play Shakespeare season at York’s pop-up Elizabethan theatre, he opts for a radical and precise updating. However, while the 1932 Italy setting of Romeo and Juliet is integral to the production and offers a different angle on the play, the contemporary ...

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