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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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Review added  of Absolute Hell by Rodney Ackland from The National Theatre. This is a huge production with a cast of twenty-eight of the play set in a Soho night club in 1945. Does it justify such a lavish production? Read the review.

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Review of Romeo & Juliet at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, (LINKED) Stratford added. This was directed by Erica Whyman who did the A Midsummer Night’s Dream- A Play For The Nation in 2016 at the RSC. As you’d guess, it’s an urban youth setting, urgent, exciting.

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Review of The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich at the Royal Shakespeare Company Stratford. The play dates from 1700, written by Mary Pix. Here it is revived in a major RSC production, starring SophieStanton as Mrs Rich.

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