Review of the BBC TV production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (LINKED)


Review of The Alchemist by Ben Jonson added. RSC production 2016, directed by Polly Findlay. Surprisingly, this one didn’t work for either of us.




Review of the RSC production of Cymbeline, directed by Melly Still. An all-out production on set, costumes, direction, acting. A great version of this slightly obscure Shakespeare play, set in a dystopian future Britain after Brexit. And Rome (or the EU) seek tributes.A lot of gender switches too.

(left: Innogen, Cymbeline, right, Queen of Britain)



My “rant” on errors in works of current fiction continues as SLOPPY FICTION (linked) has been extended to include Bob Marshall-Andrews Camille and Paula Hawkins’ bestseller The Girl On The Train. They’re both at the end of the article.

Review of Emma Rice’s directorial debut as artistic director of The Globe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (LINKED) in an innovative 21st century production full of comedy, dance, action … this is a Shakespeare play that can take new ideas, and it gets them!


Review added of ROMEO & JULIET in the Kenneth Branagh Season, (LINKED)directed by Kenneth Branagh. With Richard Madden as Romeo, Lily James as Juliet, Meera Syal as The Nurse and (incredibly) Derek Jacobi as Mercutio. A production that defines a 5 star play for us, though the critics differ. Pictures now added.


Review added of the 2016 Globe production of The Taming of The Shrew. (LINKED) This is set in Ireland and 1916, and goes all out on physical comedy. the-taming-of-the-shrew-at-shakespeares-globe-theatre-9d37720f22aaf3b204ade0e4d8bcb663


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