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‘It’s very hard once you’ve got a line like that in your head’: Assessing the aftermath of a bad review

In Broadway, Features, London theatre, Online shows, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

In a free-for-all age of journalism, the currency of individual theatre reviews matter a lot less than they used to; all a theatre PR wants is a spread of five-star reviews, and they’re easier to summon than ever if you don’t look too closely which publications they come from. The general public won’t notice the difference, so its a bluff that often works.

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ROMEO AND JULIET – West End

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

Kenneth Branagh’s entire season has been built on one universal truth. From star to stage-sweeper, pack the production with the best talent and glorious things will inevitably follow. Why then, has that same formula now stumbled? I couldn’t have been more predisposed to liking this production, the cast or its director. But Branagh’s sweatily Italian and disastrously unfunny production is such a disappointment.

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NEWS: Meera Syal joins Branagh Theatre Romeo & Juliet, Full cast

In London theatre, Native, News, Plays, Press Releases by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company has announced the full cast for Romeo and Juliet, the fifth production in the inaugural Plays at the Garrick season. Joining previously announced Lily James (Juliet), Richard Madden (Romeo) and Derek Jacobi (Mercutio) will be Meera Syal as the Nurse. Romeo and Juliet will play at the Garrick Theatre from 12 May until 13 August with press night on 25 May. The production will be broadcast live to cinemas on 7 July.

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NEWS: Kenneth Branagh screens The Winter’s Tale, Romeo & Juliet and The Entertainer to cinemas

In London theatre, News, Plays, Press Releases, Video by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

It is announced today that the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, in partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment, will broadcast three productions of its year-long Plays at the Garrick season live to cinemas worldwide. The first Branagh Theatre Live production will be The Winter’s Tale at 19:00 on Thursday 26 November 2015. Tickets are now on sale.