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The National Youth Theatre ensemble gives a knockout performance in the Frantic Assembly adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello. The vibrant, fast-movi...
The Tempest (c) Matt Martin
4.0★ ★ ★

The Tempest

Kate Stafford’s adaptation of The Tempest is an important contribution to multicultural Shakespeare which in her company’s version of the play bri...
Mumburger by Sarah Kosar (courtesy Lidia Crisafulli)
3.0★ ★ ★


Bereavement as a topic of a play is always challenging and Sarah Kosar’s surreal take on this perhaps most profound experience in everyone’s life ...
Ink Almeida Theatre photo Tristram Kenton
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James Graham’s Ink directed by Rupert Goold is theatrical dynamite. It is also one of the more staggering experiences you can have as a theatre goer...
Richard III Arcola Theatre. Photo Alex Brenner
3.0★ ★ ★

Richard III

Mehmet Ergen’s staging of Richard III is neither politically relevant nor entertaining. His contemporary take on Shakespeare’s story of the most v...
2.0★ ★


This rare staging of Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine by a British East Asian company, Yellow Earth (formed in 1995) is rather disappointing becaus...
Roman Tragedies by Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Barbican Centre. Photo Jan Versweyveld
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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 ...
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 Mori...
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 st...
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 s...