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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Complicite, Barbican review, the hunters' nemesis by Mark.kidel

Murder in the forest Complicité, the adventurous theatre company led today by Simon McBurney, one of its founders, is now 40. Over the last four decades, McBurney and his collaborators hav…

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Saturday, July 9, 2022

The Tempest, Theatre Royal, Bath review - multi-dimensional Shakespeare classic overpowered by comedy by Mark.kidel

An evocation of magic that falls short of enchantment The Tempest, a rich and profound late work, is probably Shakespeare’s most complex and layered play: the combination of power politic…

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Dr Semmelweis, Bristol Old Vic review - dizzying but overloaded piece about 19th century medical innovator by Mark.kidel

Mark Rylance brilliant as rebel doctor in a show let down by an overdose of ingenuity Dr Semmelweis, another vehicle Mark Rylance, one of Britain’s most versatile and talented actors, fill…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Cyrano - Bristol Old Vic, review, comedy with emotional intelligence by Mark.kidel

Tristan Sturrock's Cyrano: vibrant energy matched by depth Tom Morris’s production of Cyrano starts with a procession of nuns, some of them bearded, chanting verses from the medieval mysti…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of), Bristol Old Vic by Mark.kidel

A tongue-in-cheek take on the Jane Austen classic misfires It is a truth perhaps not quite but almost universally accepted that Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice", beloved of GSCE Englis…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Henry V, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol review - by Mark.kidel

The pity of war - a strikngly contemporary take on a humanity's addiction to conflictHenry V is a play shot through with martial energy and the terrible chaos of war. The almost overpow…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Medea, Bristol Old Vic by Mark.kidel

Greek tragedy stripped of its ambiguity and depthGreek tragedy provides an unending source of material for the stage: in no other theatrical form have the labyrinths of human nature been so …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 09:12PM
Sunday, March 5, 2017

Othello: Tobacco Factory, Bristol by Mark.kidel

Othello as Iago's tale: sex, violence and mysogynyIntimacy is a mixed blessing: Richard Twyman’s close-up exploration of sex and violence in his production of "Othello" for Bristol’…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 08:48PM

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