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Review: The Tempest – ‘exploit the comic potential in Shakespeare’s verse’

RJ Productions present an enjoyable rendition of Shakespeare’s last solo-authored play, whose strongest points lie in its subtler elements
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Should comedy have an expiration date?

In a politically correct society, we look at whether it is right to remove offensive jokes from comedies written before our time
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Shakespeare Done to Death?

In the wake of the Emma Rice 'scandal' at the Globe, we examine why we keep treading old boards.
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Review: Twelfth Night – ‘dispels the myth that Shakespeare isn’t...

Brasenose Arts Week puts a contemporary spin on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Fade to Black – a history of the theatrical blackout

The convention which now seems part-and-parcel of theatre wasn’t always there – indoor venues and developments in lighting provided new staging opportunities. But what is the theatrical blackout for?
Cleopatra (Sophie Okonedo) kneels behind a dying Antony (Ralph Fiennes) flanked by two servants.

Review: Antony and Cleopatra – a star-studded Shakespeare

Lawrence Li is impressed by the National Theatre’s opulent imagining of a Shakespearean classic

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second – ‘stripped-down Shakespeare’

The timing of many lines elicits genuine laughter from the audience; in these interesting times we live in, such a take feels intensely necessary.

Romeo and Juliet Review – ‘immensely effective’

A bold and haunting production that places the deadly feud in HM Prison Verona

Romeo and Juliet – Preview

A close cast and crew underline the generational aspects of Shakespeare's tale of conflict, all in a female offenders unit

How do we stage Shakespeare in the digital age?

Efforts to combine the theatrical and the digital are shaping how we experience Shakespeare in the twenty-first century
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