Reviews

Review: The Comedy of Errors – this knockabout Shakespeare tries too hard to please

Review: The Comedy of Errors – this knockabout Shakespeare tries too hard to please

By Lyn Gardner for The Guardian, 25 October 2015 Recent revivals of this play have often stressed the darker aspects of Shakespeare’s comedy of identical twins and mistaken identity. That was probably never going to happen with this pint-sized version of the play adapted by the NT’s deputy artistic director, Ben Power and intended for eight to 12-year-olds. It’s not quite sun, sea […]

November 1, 2015 · 0 comments · Reviews
Reviews: Measure for Measure at the Young Vic, London

Reviews: Measure for Measure at the Young Vic, London

Measured for pleasure: Shakespeare play given almost farcical whirl By Georgina Brown for The Daily Mail, 17 October 2015 Cut to 115 breathless, trippy minutes, you might suppose that director Joe Hill-Gibbins’s revival of one of Shakespeare’s trickiest plays is a somewhat scant measure. Admittedly, it doesn’t probe the play’s endlessly discussed ‘dark corners’, preferring instead to accelerate around them, so there’s […]

November 1, 2015 · 0 comments · Reviews
Theatrical knotweed: Margaret Drabble journeys around Shakespeare’s globe

Theatrical knotweed: Margaret Drabble journeys around Shakespeare’s globe

By Margaret Drabble for the NewStatesman, 18 October 2015 It is hard to characterise Andrew Dickson’s Worlds Elsewhere – it is a discursive, rambling, global volume. This is an extraordinarily exhilarating book. It is like no other Shakespeare criticism you have ever read, and it takes you into unimagined realms of speculation. Andrew Dickson, like Puck, has put a girdle round about the earth, and […]

November 1, 2015 · 0 comments · Reviews, Uncategorized
Desdemona: Reimagining of Shakespeare’s Othello deconstructs gender and race at Melbourne Festival

Desdemona: Reimagining of Shakespeare’s Othello deconstructs gender and race at Melbourne Festival

By Alison Croggin for ABC, 17 October American novelist and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison’s revision of the Shakespeare classic Othello is a brave deconstruction of otherness; of American race relationships and the politics of gender. Sometimes it seems that the entire Western canon turns on the deaths of women. Again and again, women face two choices: they must be domesticated […]

November 1, 2015 · 0 comments · Global, Reviews, Theaters
Reviews: Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time, an adaptation of The Winter’s Tale

Reviews: Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time, an adaptation of The Winter’s Tale

Where There’s A Will: Shakespeare Remixed In ‘The Gap Of Time’ By NPR Staff for NPR, 4 October 2015 We often feature musicians who make cover albums — their versions of songs made popular by others. Now comes a project where writers — some of the most acclaimed of our time — cover Shakepeare’s [sic] works, retelling the Bard in […]

October 15, 2015 · 0 comments · Popular Culture, Reviews