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The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Merry Wives of Windsor is either a very good panto or a very bad staging of Shakespeare. When watching...
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Richard II

In his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard II, Joe Hill-Gibbins channels Beckettian grotesque with great results by focusing on exaggeration and exces...
3.0★ ★ ★
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Carmen

Barrie Kosky’s adaptation of Carmen is a bit hit-and-miss. There is plenty to enjoy, but aesthetically it is a crazy concoction that often distracts f...
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Measure for Measure

Josie O’Rourke’s adaptation of Measure for Measure, probably Shakespeare’s most famous so-called problem play, is frankly unnerving and infuriating - ...
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Macbeth

Polly Findlay’s modern costume staging of Macbeth, which transferred from the RSC to London’s Barbican, is this year’s definitive production of Shakes...
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I do like all theatrical experiments that breathe new life into the classics and make them more relevant for our time. I am a big fan of audacious Sha...
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The Woods

Yet another premiere of a new play at the Royal Court, this time The Woods by Robert Alan Evans, impresses and proves that contemporary British drama ...
3.0★ ★ ★
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Périclès, Prince de Tyr

Cheek by Jowl’s French Pericles is a surreal, funny and touching production, but its uneven energy and avant-garde, very brief adaptation of Shakespea...
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Julius Caesar

Can you get away with a timeless, universal staging of Julius Caesar in the ever-dividing world we live in? Nicholas Hytner just did, with his tense, ...
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Othello

The National Youth Theatre ensemble gives a knockout performance in the Frantic Assembly adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello. The vibrant, fast-moving...