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KING JOHN – Rose Theatre, Kingston

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Of Shakespeare’s plays this is one of the least done and loved: there’s disputed authorship of some sections, parts of the plot missing and replaced from another text. Sir Trevor Nunn takes it on as the penultimate achievement in his intention to direct all 37 plays: I was agog, since I missed the Globe’s version (part of the Magna Carta anniversary, though oddly the play ignores that milestone in the life of “England’s worst king”).

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NEWS: John Malkovich directs Good Canary premiere, Trevor Nunn returns to Rose

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With its Spring Season underway, including the London première of Maxine Peake’s Beryl which opens in March, and Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed – a co-production with English Touring Theatre and Royal & Derngate, Northampton – which opens at the theatre in April as part of its tour, Rose Theatre Kingston today announces three major new productions for 2016. In May, Trevor …

LES MISERABLES – West End

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Les Miserables has long impressed me, not just for having such a stirring libretto, but also for the cheekily economic creativity of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schoenberg that was able to hang quite so many different songs on just a handful of (oft repeated) melodies! Herbert Kretzmer deserves handsome credit for the lyrics. Kretzmer has compressed Victor Hugo’s panoramic vision of 19th century France into 3 hours of sung-through genius, with a wit and nuance perfectly tailored to the modern idiom.

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NEWS: Joely Richardson, Robert Sheehan and Kare Conradi lead Nunn’s revival of The Wars of the Roses … at the Rose

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Rose Theatre Kingston today announces that Joely Richardson, Robert Sheehan and Kåre Conradi, lead the company for The Wars of the Roses. This autumn the Rose stage will be transformed into a battleground for The Wars of the Roses, a gripping adaptation of four of Shakespeare’s history plays, directed by Trevor Nunn. The productions will play in rep from 16 September until 31 October, with press performances for all three plays on 3 October.

Diary of a theatre addict: 11 shows across 8 days – (nearly) all great! A record?

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Across the eight days and nights between last Sunday and tonight, I’ll have seen 11 shows, and (excepting tonight which I’ve not seen yet and one of which was a critics’ preview and I’m therefore not in a position to comment publicly on yet), I’ve loved eight out of the nine. That’s an incredible strike record for one week, and one of those runs of great shows that you only dream of. It helps, of course, that I was playing catch up on six of them, so I was in (comparatively) safer hands than going blind to yet-to-be reviewed shows. But there’s also a fear that a show won’t live up to the good reviews youv’e already read and absorbed.