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Romeo and Juliet – Hen and Chickens Theatre, London

Romeo and Juliet – Hen and Chickens Theatre, London Director: Ben Gould Music: NA Reviewer: Hattie Williams [rating:3] They say comedy is tragedy plus time. Thankfully more than 400 years have passed since Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet was first performed. Ben Gould’s brave adaptation is not for traditionalists; it is funny. In the Hen… Continue reading Romeo and Juliet – Hen and Chickens Theatre, London

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Hamlet – The Rose Bankside, London

Last performed on the site in 1594, Shakespeare’s Hamlet returns to the Rose, Bankside, but the manner of its homecoming is far from traditional. Director Martin Parr’s fresh and fast paced adaptation is a pleasure to behold and easy to absorb. Adhering to the astonishing dimensions of the Rose theatre, Parr plays with the ghost… Continue reading Hamlet – The Rose Bankside, London

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The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers, Rosemary Branch Theatre The fabulous cast of Charles Court Opera are back, bursting from the seams of the Rosemary Branch Theatre with their delightfully imaginative new pantomime The Three Musketeers. In the confines of a questionable convent (James Perkins’ set design is more hotchpotch side alley than holy sanctuary) the Musketeers meet… Continue reading The Three Musketeers

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Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde, Courtyard Theatre They say the devil is in the details. But under James Weisz’ direction, the devil was dull and the details exasperating in Jonathan Holloway’s adaptation of the 1886 novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. Jekyll and Hyde at the Courtyard Theatre, Old Street, failed to evoke the spirit of Stevenson’s original… Continue reading Jekyll and Hyde

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Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly, Richmond Theatre Madama Butterfly – Richmond Theatre, London Writer: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: Ellen Kent Reviewer: Hattie Williams [rating:4] Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is rejuvenated in Ellen Kent’s powerful production that entwines the poise of 19th century operatic traditions with boundless passion. Vitalii Kutsenko conducts the Ukrainian National Opera… Continue reading Madama Butterfly

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Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn – Globe Theatre Anne Boleyn – Globe Theatre, London Writer: Howard Brenton Music: William Lyons Director: John Dove Reviewer: Hattie Williams [rating:4] Howard Brenton’s sharp, dexterous  and witty play, Anne Boleyn, returns to the Globe after its sell-out run in summer 2010. In a playful and shamelessly honest production, Anne Boleyn sees the… Continue reading Anne Boleyn