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Twelfth Night (WSAF) @ Warwick Arts Centre

There are dangers to taking on Shakespeare. People are obviously drawn to the history, the accessibility, the guaranteed audiences and the copyright-free texts, but sometimes the dangers get overlooked. Perhaps the most overlooked problem when tackling a Shakespeare play is the question of “Why?”. When every play has such a rich performance history, why do …

Before the Bardathon

As we enter the final week of my year-long project, I’m going to be posting a few retrospective entries in addition to the final couple of reviews. First up, I thought for interest I’d mention my PREVIOUS Shakespeare theatre-going. I haven’t been attending the theatre as long as many people think. Being a Northerner born-and-bred, …

Twelfth Night (Cheek by Jowl) @ The Swan Theatre

Has it really been nine months since I last saw this production? When the Russian ensemble from the Chekov International Theatre Festival visited Warwick Arts Centre back in May 2006, I was only a few plays into the Complete Works Festival, and at the time it was one of the best things I’d ever seen. …

Twelfth Night (Filter) @ The Cube

While there have been a couple of work-in-progress events by the RSC so far (‘The Rape Of Lucrece’ and ‘The Two Noble Kinsmen’), tonight’s performance of ‘Twelfth Night’ was the first visiting company to be presenting their work in an unfinished format. This was directed by Sean Holmes, but as far from his flat ‘Julius …

Twelfth Night (Cheek by Jowl) @ Warwick Arts Centre

MAY 30TH 2006 (backdated) The first and only disappointing thing about this performance was the relatively small audience. Unfortunately, the Arts Centre is on a University campus which was right in the middle of exam period, and the fact that the play was in Russian probably put quite a few people off as well. The …

‘Twelfth Night’ and Director’s Talk (Cheek by Jowl) @ Warwick Arts Centre

It’s been a hectic few days, rounded off by my third play in as many nights, a second viewing of Cheek By Jowl’s ‘Twelfth Night’. Again, it’s a comedy that manages to stay funny a second time round, and even better was the fact that the audience was considerably bigger this time. Also, it was …