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‘Felt that I was trapped in a theatrical microwave oven’: THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND – Almeida Theatre

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews, Touring by Anne CoxLeave a Comment

Borrowing a technique from American long-form TV drama, The Tragedy of King Richard The Second begins in medias res. The wonderful Simon Russell Beale steps forward, ashen-faced, to deliver the “I have been studying how I may compare/This prison where I live unto the world” speech from Act 5.






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‘Unfunny echo of today’s sexual & social injustices’: MEASURE FOR MEASURE – Donmar Warehouse ★★★

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Carole WoddisLeave a Comment

There’s every reason why Josie Rourke should have chosen Measure for Measure to direct in her final season as the Donmar’s artistic director. Anyone with half an ear to public events in the arena of gender relations and abuse of power in the past two years would recognise its extraordinary pertinence.