The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

We’re very clearly in Italy – with espresso coffee cups, red wine street noise, a swimming pool and some very stylish clothes. And to signal that it’s the 1930s we start with soldiers marching under an Italian Fascist flag. But it’s not a gimmicky production. The...
Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

All small touring companies excel in versatility but Illyria really take multi-roleing to a new level. In this show five actors present a play which is blessed (cursed?) with one of Shakespeare’s most complicated plots – darting on and off stage in different costumes...
A Bard in the Hand

A Bard in the Hand

Main image: 3 Citizens – Dianne Aspinall, Ellis Russell, Isobel Russel,  Mistress Quickly – Libby Pike, Kit Marlowe – Jason Harris, The Earl of Oxford – Simon Lynch,  2 Citizens – Martie Cain and Angela Burton,  Ferdinand Romeo – Mitch Hammer Reviewed by: Glenys Lloyd...
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is so familiar that you might think that there’s not much scope left for originality. You’d be wrong as this interesting and highly competent production shows. Yes, why not have Demetrius and Lysander physically scrapping at the back like...
Love’s Labour’s Lost

Love’s Labour’s Lost

All photos: lhphotoshots Whenever I see Love’s Labour’s Lost I’m struck by what a good play it is, in so many ways – so many interesting roles – and I wonder why it has never garnered the popularity of, say, Twelfth Night. It’s a pretty appropriate choice for now too...
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