A nice enough experience and a valiant attempt at making The Tempest more bearable, though a bit more trimming would be ideal – however, it’s a visual wonder that makes excellent use of the church & its garden, incorporating some magical set designs.
This is a superb and brilliantly performed production of Shakespeare’s ‘problem’ play. If you know the Globe, this Winter’s Tale is a terrific summer show. If you don’t know the venue, then what an introduction.
A bold and exhilarating production that, at a time when Brexit is uppermost in our minds, looks at the dark side of patriotism and nationalism.
An enlightening production of a potentially troublesome play, fantastically well conceptualised and beautifully designed – complete with some memorable and scene-stealing performances.
The Two Noble Kinsmen is a fun-filled boisterous romp that’s worth sticking with. It might not make much sense but there are some outstanding performances and flashes of Barrie Rutter’s famously fresh, unstuffy, unorthodox direction.
Barrie Rutter directs this rare revival of the William Shakespeare and John Fletcher play The Two Noble Kinsmen. But what have critics made of it?
A welcome performance of a lesser-known play, providing as much entertainment as food for thought – the music and dance are real highlights.
A bold & multicoloured take on a well-loved classic, with comedy and music running through the entire piece – and an unforgettable Pyramus & Thisbe.
As You Like It is exactly the kind of show that was needed to help kickstart the new season at the recently rebranded Globe; bright & joyful and a real celebration of Shakespeare’s work (without being overly reverential).
Here, in Shakespeare’s, 400 years ago, actors ‘conjured’ and beguiled their audiences. And so here, too, in 2018, theatre and As You Like It has again worked its magic.
Macbeth at the National Theatre is a dystopian look at one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, ushering in a new dark age in the aftermath of civil war – Anne-Marie Duff and Nicholas Karimi truly lead the way with compelling performances.
Romeo & Juliet is not a tiresomely gimmicky ‘now’ production, but one marked all through by that close-worked RSC concentration on the text which always prompts interesting new thoughts about a play we know well.
I was glad to see the RSC’s recent Twelfth Night (starring Adrian Edmondson and Kara Tointon) has become part of its CD collection, saving several musical performances and songs for eternity
Shakespearean silliness continues to entertain, as drunkenness diverts Shylock’s scheming in Shit-faced Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
I thought it would be great to celebrate some of my favourite things about Emma Rice’s time as the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe.
But overall, this is a light and entertaining production of Much Ado About Nothing that just needs some more focus in some scenes to keep the pace flowing better. Worth a visit.
Olivier Award winner for musical Kinky Boots, Matt Henry will make his Shakespeare’s Globe debut in Barrie Rutter’s The Two Noble Kinsmen, by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare, opening in The Globe on 25 May (press night is 30 May).
Cheek by Jowl’s production of Pericles is engaging and passionately performed but can get a little bit lost in translation…
When everywhere else was cashing in on it being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, London’s big theatres passed up the opportunity to bring Karey & Wayne Kirkpatrick’s Bard-based musical to a new audience.
Will is a very busy production, crammed with anachronisms and too many competing ideas – something of a work-in-progress.