Posts Under ‘Large Theatre’ Category

Shakespeare in the Autumn

During September and October I have seen six different Shakespeare productions, each of which has tried to do something different to bring the text to life, or to relate the themes more closely to contemporary issues. What have they done and has this been successful? Othello from English Touring Theatre (reviewed here) at Oldham Coliseum… Continue Reading →

Othello

English Touring Theatre bring Othello to Oldham Coliseum as part of a national tour, the same theatre and company that presented the superb Weir last year. This is an Othello with the ambition to relate to modern day events, to reflect the challenges we see both nationally and globally of ‘them’ and ‘us’. The set… Continue Reading →

Everything that happened and would happen

At the end of Everything that happened and would happenĀ I just want to stay in my seat and take in the images that I am left with, to rewind in my mind what I have just seen and to understand how it fit together, to pull together the ideas of what our world has been… Continue Reading →

Macbeth

The Lowry is packed with school groups for the National Theatre’s touring production of Macbeth. I first saw Macbeth at Reading Hexagon when I was doing my O levels, a sparse production where the highlight was the evocation of Banquo’s lineage through mirrors, and I wondered what my fifteen year old self would think of… Continue Reading →

War with the Newts

You could probably watch the eighty minutes of War with the Newts (which I saw in the Royal Exchange studio) and enjoy it for the well told story, the immersive style staging, the technical aspects and the attention to detail. Not to mention some very impressive acting and the well paced writing. Because it is… Continue Reading →