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THE ALCHEMIST – RSC, Stratford

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

Credulity and the con-artist, blinding-with-science and the selling of snake-oil, belong to all human eras. Ben Jonson’s play is set in 1610, when a householder flees the London plague and servants illicitly use the premises for their own ends. But as Polly Findlay’s deliciously daft, high-speed farce of foolishness develops, some of the pleasure lies in recognising modern parallels.

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What if every day were #Shakespeare400 and London Marathon?

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Reviews, Video by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Snippets of Hamlet, Henry V, As You Like It and Julius Caesar delivered by some of my favourite actors – including Alex Jennings, Michelle Terry, Ashley Zhangazha, Jamie Parker and Will Keen – is an enrichment to any Sunday. Why must it come down this weekend? Why not make it a permanent Bankside installation?

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NEWS: Prince of Wales performs tonight at Shakespeare Live! #RSCLive #Shakespeare400

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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s President of 25 years, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, will make a brief appearance on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage performing as part of ‘Shakespeare Live! From the RSC’ tonight (Saturday 23 April 2016). The show will be broadcast on BBC Two at 8.30pm and will celebrate Shakespeare’s legacy across theatre, music, opera and ballet to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

NEWS: Prince of Wales performs tonight at Shakespeare Live! #RSCLive #Shakespeare400

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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s President of 25 years, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, will make a brief appearance on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage performing as part of ‘Shakespeare Live! From the RSC’ tonight (Saturday 23 April 2016). The show will be broadcast on BBC Two at 8.30pm and will celebrate Shakespeare’s legacy across theatre, music, opera and ballet to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

NEWS: Prince of Wales performs tonight at Shakespeare Live! #RSCLive #Shakespeare400

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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s President of 25 years, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, will make a brief appearance on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage performing as part of ‘Shakespeare Live! From the RSC’ tonight (Saturday 23 April 2016). The show will be broadcast on BBC Two at 8.30pm and will celebrate Shakespeare’s legacy across theatre, music, opera and ballet to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

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NEWS: David Tennant leads once-in-a-lifetime cast for Shakespeare Live! on 23 Apr

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David Tennant will be hosting the show and will be joined by Judi Dench, Rufus Wainwright, Ian McKellen, Joseph Fiennes, English National Opera, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Paapa Essiedu, Alison Moyet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Al Murray and the Royal Ballet. This once in a life-time cast, assembled and directed by Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, will come together on the evening of Saturday 23rd April to stage a unique show in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, which will be broadcast on BBC Two that evening at 8.30pm.

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KING & COUNTRY – Barbican

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Shakespeare’s history plays are some of his best. Epic tales with tragedy and comedy, love and war, politics and history are brought to life on stage, with the storyline of some characters spanning years and multiple plays. The RSC and Barbican have, over the last few years, presented the first four as separate productions but to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this year, unite them as a single ticket.

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NEWS: RSC announces Winter 2016 season, marks Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary

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The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced its winter 2016 season, marking Shakespeare’s 400 anniversary with seven productions in its Stratford-upon-Avon home, including three productions in the Swan Theatre, which itself celebrates its 30th anniversary. Overview ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE King Lear directed by Gregory Doran, with Antony Sher in the title role, David Troughton as Gloucester and Paapa Essiedu as Edmund …

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QUEEN ANNE – RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon

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A HALF-FORGOTTEN QUEEN RISES…   School history was terrible. School history was terrible. Terrible! We got the Tudors, and a bore-in about the Thirty Years War, but a fog of confusion and a sense of 1066 And All That has long surrounded the Glorious Revolution, Willamanmary, the Spanish Succession, Whigs versus Tories, and why Blenheim mattered. Shamed but invigorated, I now owe much enlightenment to the RSC; this time to playwright Helen Edmundson, whose marvellous The Heresy of Love threw light on Spanish religious despotism.

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QUEEN ANNE – RSC, Stratford

In Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

For a period in history of which I had almost no knowledge, I found it wildly entertaining and equally informative – excellent on the personal relationship between Anne and Sarah Churchill and also enjoyed Anne’s bewildered inability to distinguish between Whigs and Tories as party politics emerge for the first time. I think I might have dozed through the Act of Union with Scotland but that hardly mattered.