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This is what the RSC does so superbly: the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (FOLLOW LINK TO REVIEW) With David Troughton as Falstaff, set in modern day Essex. Stunning design too. There’s a live broadcast on 12 September, then it travels to London for several months.

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Review of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play For The Nation. (SEE LINK) This superb production starts its tour of the country in Stratford, and will use different amateur actors as the “rude mechanicals” in each city for the play within a play, 84 in total, and 580 schoolchildren. A five star review.

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One of the best plays this year, Hecuba by Marina Carr. A new play, adapted radically from Euripides.

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Review added of Henry V at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Directed by Gregory Doran, with Alex Hassell as Henry V. It pulls back on the patriotism, I thought, but is especially good on the comedy.

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Review added of Volpone (FOLLOW LINK HERE) at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Trevor Nunn and with Henry Goodman as Volpone. Sometimes modern dress works. This is a sublime example, set squarely in 2015. Five stars.

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Annette McLaughlin as Lady Politic Would-Be and Volpone (Henry Goodman) faking illness

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Review added of The Merchant of Venice, Royal Shakespeare Company 2015. Some reviews didn’t like it. We did (see link). Most interesting is contrasting it with other productions this year.

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Review added of John Ford’s Love’s Sacrifice by The Royal Shakespeare Company. This play has not been performed in 400 years and is produced as the “best play” from a list of late 16th / early 17th century plays which had never been performed in modern times. An absolutely stunning RSC production does it full justice.

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