Spotlight on: Frantic Assembly’s “Othello” – Lyn Gardner Chats to AD Scott Graham

September 2022 Interview by: Lyn Gardner Why did you change Shakespeare’s language? That’s the question that someone in the audience asked leading British theatre company Frantic Assembly after seeing its production of Shakespeare’s Othello which relocates the play from 16th century Venice to a pub on a run-down Yorkshire housing estate in a post-industrial town.... Continue Reading →

Review: Macbeth (Leeds Playhouse)

Friday 4th March, 2022, at Leeds Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ In Shakespeare’s epic tragedy, ambition provides the ultimate downfall for its eponymous tragic hero. In this production though, ambition finds rich rewards, and as with her 2019 Hamlet, this take on Macbeth provides a great example of Director Amy Leach’s impressive talent for staging Shakespeare’s work for... Continue Reading →

Interview: HandleBards AD Tom Dixon Talks Shaking Up Shakespeare

February 2022 The playfully irreverent HandleBards travel the land armed with lively, comic takes on Shakespeare’s plays, bringing the funny to plays in which we might least expect to find it. This inventive troupe are currently bringing a comic take on “Macbeth” to audiences, touring it until March 9th, before taking on “Twelfth Night” until... Continue Reading →

Review: The HandleBards’ Macbeth

Tuesday 25th January 2022 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The HandleBards are back, and this time they’re taking on Shakespeare’s Macbeth in a loose, comic retelling. As with their recent tour of Romeo and Juliet, this production moves at a mile a minute and keeps all involved on their toes, with Emma Sampson directing three... Continue Reading →

Interview: Charlotte Cline & Gavin Leigh Talk All Things ‘60 Hour Shakespeare’

60 Hour Shakespeare...sounds pretty intense right? It’s not quite a case of a Shakespeare-themed lock-in, but it’s still pretty ambitious. The company’s USP is aiming to produce Shakespeare’s works within the rehearsal timeframe available to actors while the bard was alive and well. It all sounds rather unique and intriguing so I was glad to... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on Shakespeare: Top 5 Productions

April 2020 With celebrations of good old William Shakespeare’s ‘birthday’ everywhere this week, I got to thinking about some of the great Shakespeare productions I’ve seen over the years... let’s face it, there’s not much else to do these days but take various strolls down memory lane! There have been many productions, but only five... Continue Reading →

Interview: Oddsocks Productions’ Elli Mackenzie & Andy Barrow

As an outdoor theatre company priding themselves on a party atmosphere and accessible entertainment for all, Oddsocks have been delighting audiences as an independent theatre company for just over 30 years. Their wonderful work bringing Shakespeare’s plays to life in brave and whacky ways places them firmly in my top five theatre companies line-up, so... Continue Reading →

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