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Henry V, Shakespeare’s Globe

William ShakespeareDirected by Dominic Dromgoole★★★★ Pros: Moving central performance heading a great cast in a well-paced and effective production. Cons: My poor legs! Always with the painful legs at the Globe… Our Verdict: Great production – rousing central performance, great supporting cast, far funnier than you’d expect. Courtesy of Alastair Muir for the Daily Telegraph When the sun is shining and the crowd is enthralled, I challenge anyone to deny that The Globe is one of the most glorious places ...

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The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s Globe

Ilaaje Zid Dastiyaab HayTheatre Wallay, in association with KASHF foundation★★★ Pros: A big achievement for Pakistan’s theatre scene. Cons: Ran a bit long, especially the first half. Our Verdict: Despite it’s difficulties, a great contribution to a brilliant festival. Courtesy of Simon Annand for the Arts Desk One of the wonderful things about the Globe to Globe festival – and there are many – is that as each country brings its play to the stage, each audience reflects the culture ...

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Othello, Shakespeare’s Globe

William ShakespeareRemixed by The Q Brothers★★★★★ Pros: A very strong and entertaining modernisation of a Shakespeare classic. Cons: The tragedy loses something in translation. Shakespeare’s original text is overwritten – not for purists. Our Verdict: A must-see, if nothing else to see a version of Othello quite unlike you have ever witnessed, or ever will again. Image courtesy of The Arts Desk Shakespeare’s Globe couldn’t have timed their Globe to Globe initiative any better. Coinciding with the World Shakespeare Festival, ...

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Globe to Globe Festival, Shakespeare’s Globe

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Korean, part of the Globe to Globe Festival ★★★★★ Pros: £5 yard tickets (best view in the house), eye-opener on to a whole new world of Shakespeare. Cons: I took slight offense to a member of the audience describing the performance as ‘groovy’. Our Verdict: Pick a play you know and like and then prepare to be blown away! Courtesy of Globe to Globe We Brits might not be world class at many things and ...

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The Comedy of Errors, National Theatre

William ShakespeareDirected by Dominic Cooke★★★★ Pros: A wonderful cast and a fun, modern staging. Surprisingly emotional ending.  Cons: Not the funniest ever staging of the play, the set definitely dominates at times. Our Verdict: Plenty of laughs and plenty of reasons to go see it beyond the appeal of seeing Lenny Henry. Courtesy of Johan Persson for the Daily Telegraph It has been a while since I last queued at 7.30am for National Theatre tickets and I had almost forgotten ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lyric Hammersmith

William ShakespeareDirected by Sean Holmes for Filter Theatre★★★★  Pros: An uproarious version of Shakespeare’s classic with many laugh out loud scenes along the way, incredibly accessible Shakespeare. Cons: Very liberal with the script so definitely not for Shakespeare purists. Our Verdict: Pucking funny (ahem)! A great night out if you keep an open mind, in terms of pure laughs Shakespeare doesn’t get funnier than this! Courtesy of The Daily Telegraph The first thing to say about the latest offering from ...

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