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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Shakespeare’s Globe

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Anarchy! It’s not what you expect from a Shakespeare play… even one that has been performed in as many ways as A
Midsummer Night’s Dream has been tackled. Emma Rice’s debut piece in her first season as Artistic Director for the Globe throws the rulebook right out of the window though with performers wearing head mics, set dressing seemingly hanging from the sky and a distinctly non-reverential approach to William’s words.

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VOLPONE – Stratford-upon-Avon

In Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Trevor Nunn’s production of Volpone at the RSC’s Swan sagely contends that the sins of greed and avarice are timeless. With Ben Jonson’s 17th century comedy set squarely in a modern Venice, if some of Ranjit Bolt’s occasional script revisions are schoolboy clumsy (silly references to Greece and the Euro pop up), they can be forgiven in a plot in which incredible complexities may not have weathered the test of time as much as the brilliant observation of the flawed human condition that makes this play so entertaining.