Gregory Doran’s timely and riveting adaptation of Measure for Measure is filled with laugh-out-loud humour, but there is also a bleaker side to it that makes it very much a play for today.
If, like me, you still love to stick your head in a book and long to remember the days you could read for hours unencumbered by the worries of the world then get along and see Matilda The Musical, a kindred spirit’s story writ large across the Southampton stage.
Two days after Shakespeare’s birthday (23 April), I’ll still be celebrating the bard myself as I make my Royal Shakespeare Company ‘debut’ chairing a panel discussion in Stratford-upon-Avon connected with their new production of The Taming of the Shrew.
This is a Macbeth that emphasises the psychological horror of the story. It is a brutal and murderous play, but priority is given to the effects of the violence rather than the violence itself.
Mark Shenton rounds up news, reviews & tweets of the week from London, New York & beyond including a life-size first birthday cake of John McCrea at Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and the opening of King Kong on Broadway.
Apparently, 2018 is the ‘Year of the Woman’, and it has definitely felt like the world of theatre has stepped up for the occasion.
RSC artistic director Gregory Doran announced today his ambition for a new collaborative cross-cast ensemble which reflects the nation, to play three Shakespeare productions in a newly reconfigured Royal Shakespeare Theatre next summer.
A great pleasure of Fiona Laird’s production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, ceaselessly funny and over-the-top, is that it reminds you that Shakespeare is the honoured ancestor of a hundred sitcoms.
This is certainly a major theatrical event — Cicero’s speeches, with their mixture of sarcasm and idealism, are great, but not everyone will enjoy the comic interpretation of some of these characters, and the storytelling does get a bit bogged down in the second part.
The life of an extraordinary man living through an extraordinary age is too large for one play, and here the latter two novels of Robert Harris’ Cicero trilogy are adapted into two separate plays (Conspirator and Dictator).
Imperium is a powerful production of a story that is strikingly relatable to audiences watching it in 2018. A brilliant and lavish production – highly recommended.
David Threlfall and Rufus Hound will reprise their lead roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Don Quixote when the production transfers to London’s Garrick Theatre from 27 October 2018 to 2 February 2019.
I was glad to see the RSC’s recent Twelfth Night (starring Adrian Edmondson and Kara Tointon) has become part of its CD collection, saving several musical performances and songs for eternity
Polly Findlay pulls out all the stops for her visually enticing production of Macbeth for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
If you enjoyed Antony Sher’s Lear, his Willy Loman or any of his previous books this is a must read, and if you have any interest in the inner thoughts of a performer at the top of their profession you’ll want to read this too. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find my DVD and revisit the production…
Later this year, the three Shakespeare productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s current Stratford-upon-Avon season this spring will transfer into the Barbican Theatre from October.
The Royal Shakespeare Company has today announced its forthcoming productions in London, including the epic historical thriller Imperium – Mike Poulton’s stage adaptation of Robert Harris’ best-selling Cicero books, which transfers for a limited season to the Gielgud Theatre from 14 June to 8 September 2018.
Lots of different things opening across the country in March. In London there are a lot of Fringe and Off West End productions coming your way.
The RSC’s touring production of Hamlet not only boasts engaging performances but situates them in a dynamic theatrical setting –enabling the entire cast and crew to assert this show as a compelling production that reflects the virtues of the theatre.
The RSC’s new winter 2018 season will include new productions of Troilus and Cressida, Tamburlaine, and Timon of Athens (featuring Kathryn Hunter in the lead role).