The School for Scandal
3.0★ ★ ★

The School for Scandal

The vapours of eighteenth-century gossip are compared to the wind-borne whispers of rumour conveyed from one Smartphone to another in this production of Richard Sheridan’s A School for Scandal. Shakespeare an...
3.0★ ★ ★

Radiant Vermin

Rushing onto stage and hushing the pre-show music, our main characters, Gill (Gemma Whelan) and Ollie (Sean Verey) announce that the play will begin by telling us, ‘We’re ready to start, now’. From the...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Romeo and Juliet

SHAKESPEARE AT THE TOBACCO FACTORY AND TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRES Polina Kalinina’s Romeo and Juliet is in a word frenetic. It skips with juvenile disregard through the scenes to which other productions give...
The Roaring Girl
3.0★ ★ ★

The Roaring Girl

Someone in the bar during the interval of the RSC’s production of The Roaring Girl sighed, sat down and said to his wife, ‘This is the strangest Shakespeare play I’ve ever seen in my life.’ To which his...
Arcadia
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Arcadia

Andrew Hilton, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s artistic director, chose well in pairing Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia with Shakespeare’s As You Like It. It appears, though, that the cast are more joyful per...
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Jane Eyre

The trouble with writing a review about a brilliant play is that you don’t want to give too much away. In an ideal world, everyone trotting into the Bristol Old Vic to witness their production of Jane Eyre wo...
As You Like It
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

As You Like It

As You Like It is one of those plays that we think we know: the cross-dressing, the dancing around and singing in the woods, thatspeech by Jaques, and a mass marriage ceremony worthy of the Shanghai Marriage Ma...