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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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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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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...
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The Two Noble Kinsmen

Shakespeare’s last work for the theatre, in collaboration with the young John Fletcher, is now acknowledged to be a part of the canon and is a troubling and complex reworking of Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tal...
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The Glenn Miller Story

I’m not sure quite how to define this show because I think it is a bit schizophrenic. On the one hand, if you are a Tommy Steele fan it is a kind of vaudeville turn for him, introducing the story of Glenn Mil...
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BBC Proms: The Makropulos Affair

Without a doubt, the BBC Prom performance on 19 August 2016 of janacek’s extraordinary opera The Makropulos Affair was a complete triumph, one of those evening when everything simply goes right. Based on a fa...