Month: February 2020

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? – Bristol Tobacco Factory

3*** 25 February 2020 No one mounts a production of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ without first taking a very deep breath. It is a modern monster of a piece. Now, nearly 60 years old, it is, as director David Mercatali says in his programme note, still ‘edgy with a wicked sense of humour’. Listening …

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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW – ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY – Theatre Royal Plymouth

5***** 19 February 2020 “I am ashamed that men are so simple”, so says Katherine, turning to the audience with a knowing look! Yes, but, of course, the original line uses ‘women’ rather than ‘men’; so the theme behind this gender-swapped production of another of Shakespeare’s ‘problem’ plays is summed up – to an extent. …

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AS YOU LIKE IT – ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY – Theatre Royal Plymouth

4**** 13 February 2020 The Fourth Wall in a theatre – that invisible barrier between the players and the audience at the front of the stage – conventionally doesn’t get ‘broken’ by direct interaction between performers and those watching. In Shakespeare’s era, the convention did not occur. The audience was included in the action, fulfilled …

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MEASURE FOR MEASURE – ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY – Theatre Royal Plymouth

5***** 12 February 2020 Hallelujah! Just when you think of giving up on productions of Shakespeare plays, because of the insistence directors seem to have in buggering about with The Bard, a bright light suddenly appears before you and you settle down and realise all is right with the world. The RSC tour to Plymouth …

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