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All’s Well That Ends Well, Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Shakespeare's Globe is on a high. It kicked off this season with a star performance (from Joshua McGuire) in a wonderfully clear and accessible touring version of Hamlet (directed by Dominic Dromgoole). Now it inaugurates its main stage repertoire with a production of All's Well That Ends Well that one would say takes the roof off the theatre, had the theatre a roof.

Hamlet, Shakespeare's Globe, London

Joshua McGuire is cornering the market in toff undergraduates. He was last seen as one of the upper-class oiks who were members of the exclusive Right-wing Oxford dining club in Posh, Laura Wade's Royal Court play about the Bullingdon Club. It's hard to imagine Hamlet joining any society at all, still less one devoted to trashing restaurants. So, though he has shifted universities to Wittenberg (not that big a schlep), McGuire has also had to zoom some distance up the spiritual scale in order to encompass the most exposing of all the tragic roles in Shakespeare – which he achieves with great chutzpah and elan in a thrilling performance for Dominic Dromgoole's wonderfully engrossing touring production for Shakespeare's Globe. It's hand-on-heart as well as hand-to-mouth (the company comprises just eight actors but you only have to see the rapt faces of the audience to realise that this production makes an emotional impact that often eludes snazzier versions of the play).

John Simm: Antihero making headlines again

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Travel By Numbers: Shakespeare

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Globe's summer season to launch with production of Hamlet

Fresh out of Rada, Joshua McGuire, 23, didn't expect to land the role of Hamlet on the Globe's UK and European tour so fast. The small-scale production, directed by the Globe's artistic director Dominic Dromgoole, uses an Elizabethan-style booth stage. The production will also launch the Globe's summer season on Shakespeare's birthday, 23 April. It concludes its tour at Denmark's Kronborg Castle, in Elsinore, where Shakespeare's Hamlet is set.

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Album: Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuelatchaikovsy: Shakespeare (Deutsche Grammophon)

Gustavo Dudamel's previous recording of Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony and "Francesca da Rimini" demonstrated the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela's aptitude for the composer, which is confirmed with this trio of "Fantasies" inspired by Shakespeare plays. There's a spookily brooding Symphonic Fantasy based on The Tempest, while the company's youthful cast brings a suitably enthused spirit to the Fantasy Overture, based on Romeo and Juliet. But it's the Fantasy Overture based on Hamlet that most impresses here: the prince's tortured soul clearly offers fertile parallels with Tchaik-ovsky's own troubled temperament.

Sir Henry Irving: The Guv'nor is still taking centre stage

Sir Henry Irving's Somerset home has been honoured with a plaque. Charles Nevin joins the theatricals at the ceremony

Sir Christopher Lee honoured for a lifetime of haunting roles

Sir Christopher Lee will receive the prestigious Bafta Fellowship at the academy's film awards on Sunday. In a career as varied as it is long, the 88-year-old is still probably best remembered for his title role in the 1958 film Dracula, one of many Hammer Horror films in which he starred.

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