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Othello

Shakespeare’s Globe, London ***

© Simon Anand, Andre Holland as Othello, Jessica Warbeck, Desdemona

Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Aug 1, 2018:

Shakespeare took a particular delight, it seems to me, in investigating great men who by an intrinsic fault in their personality bring about their own downfall: Coriolanus and the bond with his mother; Macbeth’s relationship with his wife and his over-weaning ambition coupled with a surprisingly lively conscience. And Othello, a man who `loved not wisely but too well’, whose love, stirred up by the impatient and resentful NCO, Iago, brings about his own downfall. Continue reading

As You Like It

Shakespeare’s Globe, London ****

© Tristram Kenton, the Globe Ensemble in As You Like It.

Democratic, open, inclusive seem to be the key words for Michelle Terry’s approach to her inaugural season. New artistic director; new directions. A Globe Ensemble performing two plays, As You Like It and Hamlet, rehearsing together and breathing the same rehearsal air in a process designed to free up the plays to fresh interpretation. Continue reading

The Secret Theatre

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London
****

© Marc Brenner, Aidan McArdle as Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth's Secretary of State and creator of national security with a web of spies and double agents.

© Marc Brenner, Aidan McArdle as Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth’s Secretary of State and creator of national security with a web of spies and double agents.

What with the BBC’s Gunpowder Plot and now Anders Lustgarten’s spymaster drama, we really seem unable to quite slough off our fascination with those grisly times when terrorism came in Catholic terms and we were once again at daggers drawn with our European neighbours. Continue reading

The Inn at Lydda

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London (***)

© Marc Brenner, Samuel Collings (Jesus), Stephen Boxer (Tiberius Caesar)

Well here’s a rum to-do. An imaginary meeting between the Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar and Jesus of Nazareth is American academic and playwright, John Wolfson’s opportunity for a ripe crusade on power and its corruptions. Continue reading

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

© Steve Tanner, Ncuti Gatwa as GI Adi

Shakespeare’s Globe, London (****)`

Bertolt Brecht said, in the dark times there will be singing’, says a character at the beginning of this adaptation by Michel Morpurgo, Kneehigh director and now Shakespeare Globe’s artistic director, Emma Rice of Morpurgo’s WWII delightful children’s story. Continue reading