The Mousetrap UK Tour
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The Mousetrap

Seeing the same old, 64-year old original production of The Mousetrap doing the rounds again (and booking at the moment at all the venues coming up until 6 January 2018) should be principally an exercise in nos...
The Seven Acts of Mercy November 2016_Photo by Ellie Kurttz _c_ RSC_207927
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The Seven Acts of Mercy

The newly commissioned play at he RSC, The Seven Acts of Mercy by Anders Lustgarten is an interesting and successful evening in the theatre. The staging and acting are extremely fine; the company plays well as ...
The Tempest by the Royal Shakespeare Company 2016. Photo Topher McGrillis © RSC
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The Tempest

There is a great deal of publicity about the use of contemporary technology that has been applied to make the new production of The Tempest at Stratford as magic as it should be and to stage something the infam...
Kiss_Me_Kate_Photo_Alastair_Muir
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Kiss Me, Kate

Of music theatre inspired by Shakespeare plays like Verdi’s Macbeth and Tchaikovsky’s The Merchant of Venice, both in the repertoire of the Welsh National Opera this autumn to help celebrate the 400th anniv...
WNO Macbeth Photo credit Richard Hubert Smith
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Macbeth

This is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and to commemorate this the Welsh National Opera has chosen to present three pieces that were inspired by Shakespeare plays – Verdi’s Macbeth, Cole Po...
Maki Sekiya

Maki Sekiya: Star of the Future

From time to time our reviewers find someone in the world of the performing arts who is exceptional and whom they believe to be a star of the future. We do not discriminate about which art; just that they be st...
Cats 2014/15 Cast London Palladium
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Cats

The revamp of Cats that took place for its run at the Palladium and for the current tour of the show is sort of an equivalent to someone cleaning the grime off a favourite old painting: the colours come up fres...
The Rover RSC_2016
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The Rover

This is quite simply a brilliant production of a brilliant play; and if there were only one thing you could get to see at Stratford this year, so far I would say this would be the one to opt for.  The play its...
King Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Company 2016
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King Lear

This is one of the most intelligent readings of King Lear that I have ever seen. For once, you do not go just for the towering performance of Lear or any of the other players. Everything is balanced among the m...
The Sound of Music UK Tour 2016
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The Sound of Music

This is one of the best productions of The Sound of Music that I have ever seen on stage. The sets and costumes designed by Gary McCann are reasonably lavish and only minimally give in to the needs of a touring...