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.
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…
I don’t have any pictures of Westminster Abbey, so you’ll have to imagine it behind the Palace of Westminster…
This is not a show for people who suffer with FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). There is simply no way to catch every one of the performances that happen in Westminster Abbey – instead what you get is a series of close-quarters encounters which depend entirely on what path you chose to take. Every experience you have is intimate, engrossing, and unique.
Cheek by Jowl, Silk Street Theatre
Photo by Patrick Baldwin
Much like Pericles, this production was me washing up on unknown shores – I knew very little about the play before walking in the room, and not much about the production either – except for the fact it was in French…
Photograph by Manuel Harlan
I have a lot of thoughts about this production – mainly about how damned exciting the theatre can be when a bunch of talented actors and stage professionals get together with the deliberate intention of rabble-rousing, and when they have the extraordinary flexibility of a new theatre at their disposal.
A quick one – and not strictly Shakespeare-related – to share my love for the fabulous Letters Live.