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Much more than just an “Indian” Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing at the Noel Coward Theatre (*****)

Iqbal Khan’s Indian setting is immediately eye-catching, but this is not just Bhangra Shakespeare. Directed with a subtle eye and with outstanding performances by an excellent cast, this is easily one of the best productions, in terms of detail and enjoyment, that I have seen all year. At the Noel Coward Theatre. Shakespearean comedy set in … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

A Very Human Lear: King Lear at the Almeida Theatre (****)

Jonathan Pryce makes for a tempestuous Lear in Michael Attenborough’s solid production of Shakespeare’s classic. He’s backed up by the strong medieval design and a decent supporting cast, but Attenborough’s not risking the ire of the traditionalists, adopting a staunchly classical approach. It’s a must for Shakespeare fans. At the Almeida Theatre. Certain male Shakespeare … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Shakespeare’s Bookends (***)

New company Perfect Shadow Mingled Yarn’s inaugural production(s) of Shakespeare’s first and last, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Two Noble Kinsmen, are grim stuff – the dystopian vision of either is similarly unpalatable, and production niggles get in the way of a concerted whole. All in all, a little difficult to take in. At the Brockley Jack … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Much Ado about Nothing (****)

Shooting Stars have put together a rather impressive modern outdoor production of Much Ado About Nothing. Despite some bizarre cutting and slightly heavy-handed direction, the garden setting couldn’t be more pleasant! At Lauderdale House. Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is one of his classic comedies, featuring a number of couples falling in and out of love, plenty of masked … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Romeo and Juliet (*****)

Romeo and Juliet, always tragic and often opulent, comes to the wonderfully atmospheric Rose Theatre in an inhouse, “poor theatre” production – and the result is spell-binding, reducing the Shakespeare to pure text and powerful performances by a very strong cast. For a powerful production that analyses the play in all of its beautiful detail, … Continue reading