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Review on Tour: Tristan and Yseult

Posted on 07 July 2013 by Edward Franklin

Kneehigh’s is a theatre of collaboration. In Tristan & Yseult, their 2003 show which is being revived in a world tour to mark its tenth anniversary, the sense of collective creativity which has run through all of the company’s best work is on full display; though director Emma Rice ensures that the whole remains cohesive, […]

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Review: Jigsy

Posted on 02 September 2012 by Edward Franklin

Offended that the director would think her such a natural fit for the role of a faded movie star, the faded movie star Mae West famously turned down the role of Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard; a role that Gloria Swanson ended up inhabiting so thrillingly precisely due to the ironic self-reflexivity of […]

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Review: Hysteria

Posted on 08 August 2012 by Edward Franklin

At the clowning climax of The School for Scandal, the first production of Bath Theatre Royal’s summer season, a devious aristocrat feverishly skits around the stage in an attempt to keep the woman he has been impertinently flirting with hidden behind a screen from her husband and his brother. In Terry Johnson’s Hysteria, the second […]

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Review: The School for Scandal

Posted on 12 July 2012 by Edward Franklin

The contemporary theatrical climate poses a threat to playwrights such as Richard Brinsley Sheridan. His works concern themselves with artifice, gossip and profligacy; The School for Scandal specifically details the problematic marriage of the elderly Sir Peter Teazle and a young gold-digger, as well as a contest for love and legacy fought between the slickly […]

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