William Shakespeare

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream review – gleefully anarchic opening show
New playhouse kicks off with a boisterous, boundary-pushing production that is inventive enough to find fresh laughs in the mechanicals

Mark Fisher

28, Sep, 2022 @9:45 AM

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The RSC’s work in schools and communities isn’t ‘subordinate’ | Letters
Letters: This activity by the Royal Shakespeare Company is equal and integral to everything that happens on a main stage, writes David Longford

Letters

27, Sep, 2022 @3:33 PM

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To be or not to be cancelled: how directors deal with Shakespeare’s problematic side
Misogynist gags? Ancient puns? Unethical bed tricks? Theatre-makers discuss how they tackle the Bard’s trickier works

David Jays

27, Sep, 2022 @2:05 PM

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Othello review – taut update from the superb Watermill ensemble
An excellent cast animate Karla Marie Sweet’s adaptation with a drilled menace, while contemporary songs are employed to remarkable effect

Gareth Llŷr Evans

23, Sep, 2022 @12:19 PM

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The Prince review – playful romp through Shakespearean roles
YouTube philosopher Abigail Thorn moves offline and on to the stage with an ambitious exploration of identities and the performance of gender

Kate Wyver

22, Sep, 2022 @10:57 AM

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New RSC co-artistic directors ready to ‘shake up’ Shakespeare
Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey – the first woman to be appointed permanently in the role – take up their posts in June

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

20, Sep, 2022 @11:01 PM

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Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey are an inspired duo to lead the RSC
An immense task awaits the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new artistic directors who must attract top talent, prioritise verse-speaking and combine classic repertory and contemporary drama

Michael Billington

20, Sep, 2022 @11:01 PM

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Much Ado About Nothing review – hilarious, heartfelt show is everything
Daneka Etchells is the most compelling Beatrice you might ever see in an exceptional production of the romantic comedy

Nick Ahad

14, Sep, 2022 @11:56 AM

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From King Charles III to King Lear: what theatre tells us about taking the throne
Mike Bartlett’s 2014 play anticipated a constitutional crisis, while playwrights including Shakespeare and Chekhov have shown how traumatic a transfer of power can be

Michael Billington

12, Sep, 2022 @11:35 AM

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‘I think the king is but a man’: why we, like King Charles, always reach for Shakespeare’s words
The new monarch is quick to quote the playwright, but given the bard’s genius with simple language, who wouldn’t?

Vanessa Thorpe

10, Sep, 2022 @7:05 PM

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‘Othello is truly a dream role – no gammin!’ Jimi Bani takes on the role of a lifetime
The actor is about to play Othello as a Torres Strait Islander in the second world war. He reflects on his career and his preparations to be the ninth chief of the Wagadagam tribe

Elissa Blake

06, Sep, 2022 @5:30 PM

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The Comedy of Errors review – fun and funny but a touch too manic
Director Dominic Hill brings exuberance to Shakespeare’s tale of two sets of identical twins unknowingly at large in the same city

Mark Fisher

28, Aug, 2022 @11:17 AM

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