Review: Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s King Lear

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

King Lear is fundamentally a play about intragenerational power struggles, and Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s powerful performance, directed by Megan Shepherd and Matt Smith, explores the intricacies of jealousy, love and madness in a remarkably insightful way. The close environment of the cathedral setting allows the audience to take on the role of Lear’s court, almost becoming part of the painful deterioration of the kingdom. Continue reading Review: Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s King Lear

Review: The Taming of the Shrew @ The Barbican

Until recently, all that I knew about the plot of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew was what I had seen in 10 Things I Hate About You: the frosty, hostile Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) softens when she accidentally falls for the slightly intimidating Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger). On my way to London, to see this production I felt reasonably excited by the prospect of watching the original play. The idea of going to see a performance at the Barbican over the Christmas period sounds enticing – especially when it is to watch something as cultured as a Shakespeare play. Little did I know that I would not be so pleased afterwards. Continue reading Review: The Taming of the Shrew @ The Barbican

Review: Exeter University’s Shakespeare Company’s ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Love’s Labour’s Lost, a poetic story of four couples, is a rarely performed gem by Shakespeare. I especially have a soft spot for the character of Berwone whose romantic iambic pentameter burrowed their way into my heart quite a few years ago. This production was able to adapt the story successfully by keeping the central point relevant, and making the humour and wit punchy.  Continue reading Review: Exeter University’s Shakespeare Company’s ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ National Theatre Live

“I have had a most rare vision.” This line, spoken by Bottom at the beginning of Act 4 of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, goes a long way in describing the experience of viewing the Bridge Theatre’s production of the famous play. Rare because I’ve never before seen Puck crowd-surf; a vision because the whole theatre seemed to transform into a forest in which fairies dangled from the trees, imbuing the space with the feeling of real magic occurring.
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Review: The Tempest @ Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

When you think of Shakespeare, people tend to think of The Globe, or Stratford-upon-Avon, not York. But Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York is now in its second summer, and offers a great opportunity to see Shakespeare plays performed in an intimate, authentic setting. The pop-up theatre is constructed at the base of Clifford’s Tower, which provides a great historic setting for a replica Globe Theatre. This year, the theatre is showing The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Hamlet and Henry V, with one of the two companies also performing children’s play Billy Shakes: Wonderboy!.  Continue reading Review: The Tempest @ Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

Review: ‘Hamlet’ by Shakespeare Society

After having the pleasure of being invited to review Shakespeare Society’s production of Doctor Faustus earlier this year, I was incredibly pleased to see that their latest production of Hamlet was up for review. I leapt at the opportunity, and can quite happily say that, while something may be rotten in the state of Denmark, there was nothing rotten about this wonderful performance! For Razz readers … Continue reading Review: ‘Hamlet’ by Shakespeare Society

Review: Shakespeare Society’s ‘Twelfth Night’

Rated one of the top 3 pubs in Exeter on Trip Advisor, and an unlikely destination for a take on arguably Shakespeare’s most famous comedy, I – having never been to the Hole In The Wall – walked in expecting to see a theatre-like stage and chairs. Instead I arrived to a small arrangement of rowed wooden seats and benches, from which an audience watched … Continue reading Review: Shakespeare Society’s ‘Twelfth Night’

Review: Henry V at Exeter Northcott

The production of Shakespeare’s Henry V recently performed at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre by Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory was given shining 4-star reviews from The Guardian, The Times, What’s on Stage and many others, and it’s really not hard to see why. Lily Arnold, Matthew Graham, and Jane Curnow’s collaboration on set, lighting, and costumes brought the stage to life, with it’s minimalistic scenery of … Continue reading Review: Henry V at Exeter Northcott

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Exeter Northcott

From May 8th to 12th, Exeter Northcott was home to a raucous and outrageous adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. From the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and devising company Filter, this production, a revival of the adaptation first performed in London and Manchester, is currently being toured around the country with Exeter as their fifth stop. Productions of Shakespeare’s classic plays that seek to … Continue reading Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Exeter Northcott