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The Passion, Port Talbot<br/>Cardenio, Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon<br/>Macbeth, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Actor brings agony and ecstasy to his home town, while the 'new' Shakespeare appears dull-witted

Macbeth, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

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King Lear, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

A magical new home, fit for a King

Blithe Spirit, Apollo Shaftesbury, London<br/>The Tempest, Playhouse, Oxford<br/>Mogadishu, Lyric Hammersmith, London

No&#235;l Coward's celebrated repartee is elusive in this drawing-room tosh. But Shakespeare conjures up real magic

Matilda, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Top marks for the gifted schoolgirl

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Morte d'Arthur, Courtyard, Stratford-upon-Avon

Director Gregory Doran presents Thomas Malory's prose romance in a lucid, revelatory stage production. In a playing time of just three-and-a-half hours, we have the stories of the sword in the stone, the vision of Excalibur in the misty lake, the defeat of King Lot, the love triangle of Arthur, Guenever and Launcelot, the fellowship of the Round Table, the search for the Holy Grail, the jousts at Winchester, the usurpation of Mordred and the final battle.

Antony and Cleopatra, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

It's Macbeth that is supposed to be jinxed. But lately you could be forgiven for thinking that it's Mark Antony that has become the liability, luck-wise.

The White Guard, NT Lyttelton, London<br/>Romeo and Juliet, Courtyard, Stratford-upon-Avon<br/>Macbeth, Barbican Theatre, London

A superb revival of Bulgakov's Russian civil war play starts as domestic comedy and ends in panic, chaos and betrayal

Romeo and Juliet, Courtyard, Stratford-upon-Avon

Smoke, fire and street fights

King Lear, Courtyard, Stratford-upon-Avon

Madness with a majestic touch

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Arabian Nights, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

RSC cloaked in borrowed robes
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