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Romeo and Juliet (RSC) @ The Courtyard Theatre

Writing about web page http://www.rsc.org.uk/whatson/6433.aspx I’m not going to beat around the bush with this review. The RSC’s new production of Romeo and Juliet is one of the worst productions of Shakespeare I’ve ever had the misfortune to sit through. As hard as I tried to find some positive aspects to the production, I honestly …

Gnomeo and Juliet

I’ve just been accused of snobbery for being dismayed at this news article. To summarise, briefly. A new CGI musical spoof of Romeo and Juliet. Titled : Gnomeo and Juliet. Starring James McAvoy as a gnome. The film being primarily a vehicle for the music of Elton John. * * * * Snob I may be. …

Romeo and Juliet (Globe Touring) @ Coventry Cathedral

It had to happen in a week of open-air theatre. The sun shone gloriously on Monday for Warwick Student Arts Festival’s The Tempest, Shakespeare’s Globe cast a cool shadow over the midday Midsummer Night’s Dream audience on Tuesday and Footsbarn’s tent protected the crowds on Tocil Fields from the elements on Wednesday. It couldn’t last. …

More on Romeo

I sincerely don’t imagine readers of this blog would actually WANT to read another review by me of Northern Broadsides’ Romeo and Juliet, but in case you want the complete set, follow the link! Shakespeare Revue is a useful site that I do recommend checking out. I find it most useful for finding out about obscure productions in …

Romeo and Juliet (Northern Broadsides) @ Liverpool Playhouse

Perhaps the biggest problem with Romeo and Juliet is that it is so familiar to us. It seems to have formed most people’s introduction to Shakespeare in schools, contains some of the best-known and most-quoted lines in Shakespeare and, of course, was the basis for the most successful (and pervasive) Shakespearean film of recent times, …

Noughts and Crosses (RSC) @ Stratford–upon–Avon Civic Hall

Creating theatre for teenagers is, I imagine, a very difficult thing. The audience for Noughts and Crosses, the RSC’s second play at the Civic Hall this winter, was made up at least 90% of school groups- talking, whispering, drawing attention to themselves, eating, texting, laughing. Within this kind of audience there is a great deal …

West Side Story (Stratford Operatic Society) @ The Courtyard Theatre

I haven’t had anything to update for a while- after the manic patches of the Autumn, there are far fewer plays on at the moment! Next week I’m seeing The Winter’s Tale and Pericles, and after that it’s Merry Wives: The Musical. I did, however, make one trip to Stratford this week, to see the …

Capulets & Montagues (CAPITAL Centre) @ The Dell

Although my project is mainly concerned with the main performances of the Complete Works Festival, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that there’s a lot more going on in Stratford than what’s in the theatres. While no–one could possibly go to all of the talks, discussions, workshops and sideshows that are happening, it’s really interesting …

Romeo & Juliet @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

APRIL 11TH 2006 (backdated) I was always going to be excited about the first show of the Festival, but this promised to be particularly special. The director, Nancy Meckler, debuted with the RSC last year with ‘The Comedy Of Errors’, the funniest production of a Shakespeare play I had ever seen. Physical, fast and hysterical, …