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Hamlet – Riverside Studios, Hammersmith

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Zoe Ford Reviewer: Joanna Trainor Bare bottomed Hamlet begins by having to endure a cavity search at HM Prison Liverpool. A striking image, but overshadowed by the modern English dialogue the audience are presented with. “That's not in the original text,” came from one particularly surprised audience member. One of the reasons Shakespeare's stories are used ...

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Richard III – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Zoe Ford Reviewer: Stephen Bates Following a surprise appearance in a Leicester car park, our most reviled monarch can now be found some way down the A1, taking up residence in a Highgate pub. Zoe Ford’s lean, all-action, very modern production of Richard III takes place on a blackened set, with just a golden throne as ...

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Titus Andronicus – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Zoé Ford Reviewer: Chris Rogers [rating:4] In 1765 Samuel Johnson said about the play “...the barbarity of the spectacles and the general massacre which are here exhibited can scarcely be conceived tolerable to any audience.”. Bypassing Victorian stringency, it has taken Titus Andronicus a patient two hundred odd years to once again find willing spectators who ...

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The School for Scandal – Waterloo East Theatre, London

Writer: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Director: Zoe Ford Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:3] Coming in the wake of the Leveson Inquiry, a revival of this richly comic satire on London's 18th Century chattering classes could hardly be more timely. Sheridan paints a picture of a society dominated by idle gossipers and hypocrites to whom nothing matters less than the truth, a group ...

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Love vs Hate – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writers: Edwin Preece and Chantelle Dusette Directors: Sean Turner and Zoe Ford Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:4] The title implies a battle between contrasting emotions and the structure of he evening implies a battle of the sexes. In fact, what we see is two one-act plays, both under one hour; the first about hate is written, directed and performed entirely by ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Zoe Ford Reviewer: Lizzie Kirkwood [rating:2] Arguably Shakespeare’s most popular play, Romeo and Juliet is re-imagined by Zoe Ford’s new production in 1960’s Brighton, which casts the feuding Montagues and Capulets as Mods and Rockers respectively. For a production set in 1960’s Britain, using the aesthetic of a time when popular music was at the forefront ...

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Titus Andronicus – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director/Producer: Zoé Ford Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:3.5]   Titus Andronicus, one of Shakespeare's earliest and most violent plays, could be described as his first stab at tragedy (pun intended). With rape, mutilation, murder and cannibalism galore, it's no Much Ado, and is rarely performed due to the physical violence scripted in, and the visual demands of this ...

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