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Friday, March 3, 2023

The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare's Globe review - clever concept never quite catches fire by Alexandra.coghlan

Two theatres, one concept, but no lasting sparks from Shakespeare's tragi-comedy As course after course of Noma-style creations are served up to Leontes and his guests – curious mouthfuls …

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

The Comedy of Errors, RSC, Barbican review - Shakespearean Christmas panto by Alexandra.coghlan

A noisy, busy comedy that loses its anchor somewhere in the chaos “Am I myself?” At the tangled centre of Shakespeare’s comedy of two pairs of identical twins, servant Dromio asks the…

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The Two Character Play, Hampstead Theatre review - tender, poetic and piercingly cruel by Alexandra.coghlan

A timely return for Tennessee Williams' long-neglected play It’s the trivia question no one ever thought to ask: where was the only Tennessee Williams play premiered outside America first …

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

The Taming of the Shrew, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - a confused and toothless mess by Alexandra.coghlan

High on concept and low on clarity, this Shrew misses its mark Say what you will about The Taming of the Shrew (and you’ll be in good company), but it is one of Shakespeare’s clearest pl…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Romeo and Juliet, Barbican review - plenty of action but not enough words by Alexandra.coghlan

Erica Whyman's RSC production finds youthful energy but not clarityIt’s clear from the start – from a Prologue that quickly dissolves familiar rhythms and words into a Babel of clam…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare's Globe review - a chilly tale for a time of austerity by Alexandra.coghlan

Blanche McIntyre finds coherence in this uneven play but at what cost?“A sad tale’s best for winter,” Leontes’ young son Mamillius tells us. By that logic the current summer heatwave…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Effigies of Wickedness, Gate Theatre review - this sleek cabaret conceals desolation behind a smile by Alexandra.coghlan

Songs silenced by the Nazis get a powerful new voiceThe show’s subtitle – “Songs banned by the Nazis” – is a catchy one, and somewhere under the confetti, the stilettos, the extrav…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

An Ideal Husband, Vaudeville Theatre review - unsettled evening leaves blood on Wilde's drawing-room furniture by Alexandra.coghlan

A strong cast can't quite pull off the author's most political playAcross London last night politicians waited anxiously to hear their fates, and things were no different at the Va…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons: A Reimagining, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - a gentle exploration of life, love and death by Alexandra.coghlan

★★★★★ VIVALDI'S THE FOUR SEASONS, SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE beguilingly beautiful show from the UK's most exciting puppeteersA beguilingly beautiful show from the UK's most exci…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons: A Reimagining, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - a gentle exploration of life, love and death by Alexandra.coghlan

A beguilingly beautiful show from the UK's most exciting puppeteersVivaldi’s The Four Seasons: A Reimagining – it’s not a title that trips off the tongue. Nor one, frankly, that i…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 09:00PM
Friday, November 24, 2017

The Secret Theatre, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - a ferocious topical satire dressed up in period costume by Alexandra.coghlan

Finally, a new play worthy of the Globe's Wanamaker PlayhouseThe Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse may be a historical recreation, but the same shouldn’t be true of the plays staged …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 04:54AM
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

King Lear, Shakespeare's Globe - Nancy Meckler's Globe debut is unusually subdued by Alexandra.coghlan

A tragedy so quiet it proves almost inaudible at timesEvery play is a Brexit play. This much we have learnt in the year since the referendum. But in Nancy Meckler’s hands the Globe’s new…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 09:04PM
Friday, July 21, 2017

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's Globe review - swaggering Shakespeare with a comic Spanish accent by Alexandra.coghlan

It's fiesta time in Matthew Dunster's colourful new showWhen I say that Matthew Dunster’s Much Ado is revolutionary I’m not talking about the many textual updatings and rewriti…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 06:12AM
Monday, July 10, 2017

Queen Anne, Theatre Royal Haymarket by Alexandra.coghlan

This new history play gets bogged down in period detailHow well do you know your British history? Fancy explaining the causes and origins of the Glorious Revolutions or listing the members o…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 08:24PM
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hamlet, Harold Pinter Theatre review - dislocatingly fresh makeover by Alexandra.coghlan

Robert Icke finds new truths in old words in this captivating productionMidway through Hamlet a troupe of actors arrives at Elsinore. Coaching them for his own ends, the prince turns directo…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 05:48AM
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's Globe review - Emma Rice goes out with a bang by Alexandra.coghlan

Shakespeare's cross-dressing comedy gets the high-seas treatment, but loses the poetryThe Globe’s artistic director Emma Rice has made no secret of her desire to go out with a bang, i…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 07:33AM
Friday, February 24, 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Young Vic by Alexandra.coghlan

Shakespeare's comedy gets bogged down in this messy production“The nine men’s morris is filled up with mud, and the quaint mazes in the wanton green for lack of tread are undistingu…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 04:54AM
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Twelfth Night, National Theatre by Alexandra.coghlan

Tamsin Greig leads an superb cast in this giddy take on Shakespeare's classic comedyEverybody’s a little bit gay in in Simon Godwin’s giddy new Twelfth Night at the National Theatre…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 06:54AM
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The White Devil, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Alexandra.coghlan

This pitch black production of Webster's revenge tragedy is pitch perfectIt was no accident that when the Globe's Sam Wanamaker Playhouse opened in 2014 it was with The Duchess of Malfi…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 08:54PM
Friday, December 16, 2016

Love's Labour's Lost/Much Ado About Nothing, RSC, Theatre Royal Haymarket by Alexandra.coghlan

These sunny comedies are rich in delight but lacking in darkness“The words of Mercury are harsh after the songs of Apollo.” A sudden cold breeze blows through the endless summer afternoo…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 06:48AM

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