The Rover RSC_2016
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The Rover

Aphra Behn lived a tumultuous life. She was a poet, translator, novelist, playwright, and, briefly, a spy. She was a feminist who embraced a rock and roll lifestyle. This certainly spills out into her play, The...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Dead Sheep

As the Conservative Party Conference prepares to arrive at Birmingham this weekend, Jonathan Maitland’s Dead Sheep, which recounts the events of Geoffrey Howe’s speech that ended the reign of Margaret Thatc...
The Two Noble Kinsmen by RSC
3.0★ ★ ★

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The authorship of The Two Noble Kinsmen is one of Shakespeare experts favourite topics of discussion. The consensus now is that John Fletcher and William Shakespeare wrote the play together, with Fletcher takin...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Hamlet

Unlike the recent Barbican production, Simon Godwin creates a Hamlet fit for the 21st Century. The transformation of Shakespeare’s revenge tragedy to taking place in an African kingdom sees intriguing and int...
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

I come from the bizarre position of having never seen the 1999 DVD version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s sung through musical. I recall seeing a school production about 8 years ago, but only remember ...
Review King Lear Birmingham Repertory
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

King Lear

Shakespeare’s King Lear is the ultimate tragedy. Nowhere else can we see the violent abandonment of responsibility, the abuse of one’s parents, a swathe of lies and treachery, adultery, violent death, tortu...
Made Up Birmingham Repertory Theatre
2.0★ ★

Made Up

The distracting haunts of the radio haunt Made Up throughout, as it runs with very minimal pace change. In fact, consistent is an apt description to attribute to this production which seems to fail to get start...
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The Tailor of Inverness

Never have I seen an audience so quickly break into rapturous applause as I did at Matthew Zajac’s The Tailor of Inverness. The one-man play, also starring Zajac, is a powerfully emotional tale of his father...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Of Mice and Men

If you say you haven’t heard of John Steinbeck’s most famous work, people give you funny looks, as if you’d just renounced the fact that the Earth is round. Having, like most people, studied the novel as ...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Macbeth

We regularly hear of radical reinterpretations of Shakespeare classics. Perhaps we will not find such a version that stretches the bard’s work as the Young Vic’s production of Macbeth, currently on a nation...