We should be pleased when the mask slips and backbiting begins
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Monday 21 May 2012
Here are the rules. Nine young finalists from something like 2,000 original entrants memorise and perform a short speech from Shakespeare in front of an RSC audience.
Sunday 20 May 2012
With a boating lake at its heart, it is a century-old Utopian escape, says Kate Simon
Monday 07 May 2012
Who knows what goes on behind closed doors? But for a rain-battered Brighton Festival banner on the gate you'd never guess that the nondescript lock-up on a industrial estate in Shoreham-by-Sea was playing host to one of the most eagerly anticipated theatre events of the year.
Saturday 05 May 2012
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Or at least in the rubbish tip of Shoreham-by-Sea, which forms the malodorous backdrop for an ambitious new take on Hamlet, opening this weekend.
Sunday 29 April 2012
Amid traditional thatched West Country cottages, Sophie Lam discovers an elegant Modernist homage to space and light
Saturday 17 March 2012
This radically different pronunciation is, according to a new scholarly recording of Shakespeare's works, much closer to the way the line would have been spoken
Sunday 12 February 2012
From the West End to Sheffield...you've been Frayn-ed!
Friday 23 December 2011
It's not just the return of Edina and Patsy – there's Downton, the Doctor, and Dickens. Gerard Gilbert presents his pick of the seasonal small screen
The Faith Machine, Royal Court Downstairs, London<br/>The God of Soho, Shakespeare's Globe, London<br/>Wittenberg, Gate, London
Sunday 04 September 2011
Wednesday 24 August 2011
Prince Zi Dan, the Peking Opera version of Hamlet, considers his next move. To show that he's thinking, he stretches one foot up past his ear and goes into a deep crouch on his supporting leg. He does this while wearing an embroidered costume, high platform shoes and a headdress with waving peacock plumes. Having finished his contemplative stretch, he cries, "Let's go!"
Friday 19 August 2011
The title and the name of the venue create more excitement than is warranted for a 70-minute routine cut-up job in a tiny hotel function room in the city centre.
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