Tobacco Factory Theatres have well served Bristol festive audiences over the years, including one bona fide theatrical masterpiece in Sally Cookson’s Olivier Award-winning Cinderella. Alas, not every show can have Cookson and not every show can fly, and so it proves with The Borrowers, which resolutely stays grounded.
Shakespeare’s slight and silly comedy As You Like at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is just the thing for midsummer.
Olivia Vinall and Edward Hogg take the roles of Rosalind and Orlando in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s As You Like It, with Keziah Joseph and Beruce Khan in the roles of Celia and Oliver.
With this View From The Bridge, Tobacco Factory Theatres Artistic director Mike Tweddle has orchestrated a piece of theatre so seamless, so beautifully directed that his own work is invisible.
Macbeth is an obvious box office draw for the theatre and the work is fundamentally solid, but it’s hard to shake the feeling it’s all a little safe, except for one performance that Bristol should be talking about for years.
There was a special currency for Sarah Daniels’ Neaptide being the opening play in the #ntQueer season as this 1986 drama was actually the first by a living female playwright at the National Theatre – an astonishing fact all told.
Even with the best of intentions, it can be a little too easy to forget that there’s more to LGBT+ than just the G. Representations of gay men are increasingly common in our theatres but pickings are slim if we look towards the lesbian, bi, and transgender characters and stories.
“If music be the food of love, play on” and certainly the production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Manchester’s Royal Exchange is full of music, mirth and mischief, particularly during one particular night of mayhem.