Posts Tagged ‘Shakespeare’

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 →

Queen Margaret

The history of our world often consigns the role of women to mere supporting cast. Think of Camille Claudel who probably sculpted many of Rodin’s most important works. So it is with Queen Margaret, pushed into the background of four of Shakespeare’s plays and yet a dominant force of both the politics and the battles… Continue Reading →

Mercutio and Tybalt

Mercutio and Tybalt from Oxford based Leaning House, performed at MADS theatre in Macclesfield, approaches Romeo and Juliet from a new angle.  It’s easy to draw parallels with the classic Shakespeare inspired Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, but whereas that explored the existentialist world, this play is firmly rooted in the physical and emotional relationship… Continue Reading →

Cream Faced Loons (Twelfth Night)

As I left the performance space for Cream Faced Loons’ Twelfth Night, smiling broadly, I just thought ‘I loved this production’, and yet it was hard at first to define why.  Staged in an upstairs room at Z-arts, the audience sit at circular tables as if at a hotel party, indeed the setting is the Illyria… Continue Reading →