Sep
23
2018

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

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Pop-up Globe, September 12 4.5/10 Shylock’s demented desire for a pound of Antonio’s flesh (with all its anti-Semitic type-casting implications) makes him the supposed villain of this comedy. But for whom, exactly, are we supposed to cheering? Portia? She is willing to accept an airheaded, money-grubbing playboy to share her vision of long-term connubial bliss. […]

Sep
20
2018

MACBETH

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Pop-up Globe, September 9 8.5/10 This was always going to be the test. For nearly 140 years theatre audiences have enjoyed the endless possibilities created by electric stage lights, and, paradoxically, no play has benefitted more than Macbeth, the darkest investigation of the human psyche ever made. Via such lighting modern audiences have grown used […]

Sep
16
2018

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

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Pop-up Globe, September 8 7/10 This is to The Comedy of Errors what The Life of Brian was to the New Testament. Okay, so the New Testament wasn’t quite as gag-laden to begin with, but Miles Gregory’s production shares a similar intent to maximise the silliness of every event, and The Comedy of Errors was […]

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