2.0★ ★


This rare staging of Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine by a British East Asian company, Yellow Earth (formed in 1995) is rather disappointing because of its high ambitions that sadly have not been realised on...
Roman Tragedies by Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Barbican Centre. Photo Jan Versweyveld
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Roman Tragedies

Ivo van Hove’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra is a total theatre experience. The Flemish director makes theatre that is larger than life, encompassing a myria...
My Country; a work in progress. National Theatre (Photographer: Sarah Lee)
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

My Country; a work in progress

My Country; a work in progress  is a verbatim work, compiled from numerous interviews conducted in towns across the UK in the wake of the June 2016 referendum. It is an ambitious project at the heart of which...
Hamlet Almeida Theatre. Photo Manuel Harlan
4.0★ ★ ★ ★


Robert Icke’s Hamlet at Almeida Theatre is a resounding success. This is not because of the media hype associated with Andrew Scott’s turn as Moriarty in the now cult TV version of Sherlock Holmes. Scott as...
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Richard III

Thomas Ostermeier blatantly revealed in a 2015 interview with Joseph Pearson that with his adaptation of Richard III he wanted to celebrate evil on stage because, after all, he said: “Would Richard exist if t...
2.0★ ★


Julien Balajas’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is more of a miss than a hit. And it could have been a hit. There is much to like: a pacey new French translation, some competent performances and good s...
3.0★ ★ ★

King Lear

King Lear is perhaps the darkest tragedy written by Shakespeare. Its power lies in great emotions it stirs in audiences of all generations. The best stagings of the play I have seen were successful thanks to en...
Cymbeline Royal Shakespeare Society 2016
4.0★ ★ ★ ★


Melly Still’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline for the RSC, now shown at the Barbican, is an inventive reverie-cum-horror which revels in dark humour and kitsch. Indeed embracing the tastelessness of t...
Phaedre(s) Barbican Centre
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Odéon–Théâtre de l’Europe: Phaedra(s)

Krzysztof Warlikowski is one of the representatives of the European ‘regie theatre’, a theatre driven and dominated artistically by directors, known for their distinct, in-your-face theatre aesthetic that o...
3.0★ ★ ★

The Wars of the Roses

The War of the Roses trilogy, a reboot of the highly acclaimed 1963 RSC adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Henry VI parts 1-3 and Richard III by John Barton and Peter Hall, now is directed by Trevor Nunn for...