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News, reviews & controversies: Mark Shenton has plenty to discuss as he views the week ahead

In Broadway, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

News, reviews, controversies and interviews of the week from London to Broadway, by way of Edinburgh, including the ‘banning’ of Mazz Murray from singing a song from Dreamgirls, Edinburgh venue pay rates, and a 70-year-old Broadway understudy getting the lead.

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‘Somehow, I’m not quite buying it’: MACBETH – National Theatre ★★★

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Yet somehow, I’m not quite buying it. We are used to gore and nasty things hung on trees and lots beheadings, ever since the technology for reproducing actors’ heads improved. Fine. But unlike the Hytner Othello – set in a modern army camp – or his Hamlet in a recognizable police-state, the misery-world evoked here gives no sense that there ever were nobilities to be breached by the Macbeths. It’s just chaos, and you expect no better.

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JANE EYRE – National Theatre ★★★★

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I’m sure I’m not alone in having gruelling flashbacks to A-level English literature when I hear Brontë’s novel mentioned, and what’s lovely about this adaptation, thanks to the minimal sets, is that it allows the audience to create the world of Jane Eyre with their imagination as they would do when reading the book.