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Review of The Chalk Garden (FOLLOW THE LINK) by Enid Bagnold at Chichester. This 1955 play has been called “the missing link between Coward and Rattigan, and Frayn and Ayckbourn.”  It is fascinating, and has a superb cast including Dame Penelope Keith, Amanda Root, Oliver Ford Davies and Matthew Cottle.

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Review added of The Two Noble Kinsmen (FOLLOW LINK) at Shakespeares Globe, directed by Barrie Rutter. Music by Eliza Carthy too. Full of comedy, music and dance as befits an outdoor production, though perhaps not the most detailed exploration of Shakespeare’s final play. Picture of the bare stage before the start.

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Review of Classsic Spring’s An Ideal Husband added. (LINK: https://peterviney.wordpress.com/stage/an-ideal-husband-2018/) The third play in their Oscar Wilde season features Edward Fox and Freddie Fox as father and son, as in real life.

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Follow the link to my review of As You Like It at Shakespeare’s Globe. We saw it on May 6th (six performances in, and at full price) but have held the review back until the greatly delayed press night. It’s a long review, discussing the new direction and the idea that an ensemble would get rid of “director-led hierarchies.” Most controversially, it is gender-blind with a man playing Rosalind and a woman playing Orlando. The result for us was the worst play we’ve seen at The Globe. See the review.

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Review of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Watermill, (FOLLOW THE LINK) Newbury. This has a cast of ten, a brilliant tight ensemble. Most play two or three roles, act as fairies and play musical instruments too. Far livelier (and better) than the larger current Shakespeare productions currently running! The one to see this year.

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Review of the American play “The Whale” by Samuel D. Hunter (FOLLOW LINK) at Bath Ustinov Studio. This stars highly-acclaimed American actor Shuler Hensley, who created the role of a 600 pound central figure in New York, with a brilliant British team. One of the best plays I’ve seen in ages. 5 stars.

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Review added of “Macbeth”  (LINKED)  at the National Theatre. This was critically reviled when it opened. It runs at the same time as the RSC production reviewed here earlier, so comparison is inevitable.

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