The Tempest

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Iris Theatre (St Paul’s Covent Garden)


The great thing about Iris Theatre productions is you are always transported away from where you are. The Tempest managed to take us – despite the dirt and noise of a London summer (complete with World Cup matches) – to somewhere infinitely more magical.

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Two Noble Kinsmen

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Shakespeare’s Globe

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The Two Noble Kinsmen has a plot ripped from the Middle Ages* which is really quite challenging to stomach in the modern world – and luckily this production does not attempt to force us to do so. What we have instead is exactly the kind of frolicsome action that the Globe really excels at – the audience had a blast and I reckon the cast did too…

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I am nothing if not critical

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Reading the round-up of critics’ comments on Macbeth got me thinking about bad reviews – which is to say, not reviews which are bad in themselves, but reviews of bad things. Much of the time I find it hard to slam something which I personally haven’t enjoyed, because I appreciate how much effort goes into it and how difficult it can be to hit the tiny mark represented by my (or by anyone’s) taste. But sometimes…

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Macbeth (3)

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National TheatreI’m afraid this production has been widely panned by the critics (there’s a handy round-up here) and my comments are not massively going to buck the trend. And even worse, this is likely to be a kitchen sink review – throwing as many different thoughts together as the production team apparently did…

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Photo by Brinkhoff and Moegenburg

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