Review: Billy Shakes at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre

Monday 23rd July 2019 at the Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre Pop Up, York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wrongsemble are introducing youngsters to the bard and in their production the great William Shakespeare is imagined as his younger self (going by the name of Billy Shakes, naturally). Their take on young Billy is a thoroughly entertaining whirling bundle of energy... Continue Reading →

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at RHS Harlow Carr

Wednesday 10th July 2019 at RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It’s always a fun few hours when Oddsocks are on stage entertaining happy pic-nic-ers. This summer season sees the company bring one of the bard’s very best works to the masses with a lively and jovially updated production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This production... Continue Reading →

Review: Much Ado About Nothing (Touring)

Wednesday 22nd May 2019 at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Two sets of lovers tricked and tussled into emotional contortions somewhere between euphoria and agony? Welcome to one of Shakespeare’s more disturbing comedies! Conrad Nelson directs and under the wing of Liz Evans’ designs, the play is set circa the end of WW2, channeling the best music... Continue Reading →

Review: Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre

Saturday 11th May 2019 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s Emilia has made an indelible mark on many if the tears, enthused buzz and unanimous roar of the audience I sat with is anything to go by. Entirely and proudly female-led, this play is an imagining of a life silenced by men.... Continue Reading →

Review: Hamlet at Leeds Playhouse

Tuesday 5th March 2019 at Leeds Playhouse (Pop Up). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A female Hamlet? A northern tragedy? Multiple gender switches? Leeds Playhouse’s latest Shakespeare offering is a finely tuned combination of exactly that. As Shakespeare’s longest play, Hamlet is in so many cases numbingly over-long and mercilessly dark, but thankfully, Amy Leach’s direction and approach to... Continue Reading →

Review: English Touring Theatre’s Othello (Touring)

Tuesday 25th September 2018 at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ As far as modernising tragic Shakespeare goes, this production is pretty top notch. It feels fresh and authentic, with modernisation taking shape in costume, set and some subtle behaviours as opposed to being shoe-horned into the script in obtuse ways. Many a production falls into that trap,... Continue Reading →

Interview: Molly Gearen Talks King’s Shakespeare Company’s The Comedy Of Errors

The King’s Shakespeare Company are heading to the Camden Fringe with a condensed, fast-paced production of one of Shakespeare’s best comedies: The Comedy Of Errors. They’re passionate about bringing a love of the bard to modern audiences and their production plays the Camden Fringe at The Cockpit 17th - 18th August, so I caught up... Continue Reading →

Review: Heartbreak Productions’ Much Ado About Nothing

Friday 13th July 2018 in Roundhay Park, Leeds. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Heartbreak Productions frame their take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing as a local village production raising funds for the British Red Cross in 1919. The eager locals bustle and bicker as they prepare for the performance to start, chatting to audience members and playing old... Continue Reading →

Review: Oddsocks Productions’ The Tempest (Touring)

Tuesday 10th July 2018 at Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oddsocks Productions’ latest offering is a whacky Sci-Fi take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and it’s another hit for a company approaching its triumphant 30th year in the business. Set on the ‘uninhabited fictitious planet Babel’, this production sees Will’s sprites and spirits as aliens, Caliban... Continue Reading →

Review: Bite My Thumb Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Friday 8th September 2017 at Leeds Carriageworks. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This co-production of Shakespeare's wonderful magical farce from Bite My Thumb and Northern Spark Theatre is a bit of a slow burner which ends on a great high note. In brief, the story follows young lovers Hermia and Lysander who run away into an enchanted forest to... Continue Reading →

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