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The Producers

I happen to have seen this show in its original productions in New York and London as well as the film of the musical version and the original 1967 ve...
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Merchant of Venice

Polly Findlay’s Merchant of Venice is a decidedly mixed bag, like the giant pendulum which swings at the back of the stage, it moves from the ridiculo...
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Othello

Iqbal Khan’s production of Othello has a deep split running through its middle. The first half is expansive and fast moving with the set changing flui...
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Studying Hamlet

Performed in a church in Shoreditch, with the audience sitting on pews only feet from the actors, this is an innovative and intimate exploration of Ha...
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Intermezzo

This is a difficult opera to like. Strauss wrote his great operas between 1905 and the start of the Great War – after 1914 he struggled to find the su...
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Calamity Jane

I went to see this worried that the stage version would be overshadowed by the classic Doris Day/Howard Keel film and their performances. Certainly, t...
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Madame Butterfly

Northern Ballet’s tour is a double billing of technical brilliance and dramatic tragedy The evening starts with Perpetuum Mobile, which is essentia...
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Lessness

A dramatic reading of one of Beckett's lesser-known works, Lessness addresses many of the preoccupations found in his plays. Time, cycles of events an...
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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot exists in an almost surrealist time space, and sets can sometimes be the making or breaking of a production: whether you can believe...
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Temple

The Donmar consistently demonstrates some of the most beautiful set design in the West End, transforming the space every production, and Temple is no ...