Bell Shakespeare Company’s latest production of The Merchant of Venice has a few high points. But overall Director Anne-Louise Sarks has played it pretty safe and as a result there’s nothing about this show that really stands out.... Read More | Share it now!
Get yourself ready for an evening of belly laughs and deep concentration because absurdism is back, and it is better than ever! Tom Stoppard‘s groundbreaking 20th century absurdist play Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and thanks to the National Theatre Live, you are able to see it fresh from its season at The Old Vic theatre in London starring none other than Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig.... Read More | Share it now!
If having Jai Courtney in the title role wasn’t enough to draw theatregoers in, let it be known that this modern-day reimagining of Shakespeare‘s Macbeth is like watching a Hollywood blockbuster come to life on stage. Right from the get-go, it’s as if we are immersed into the world of Mad Max with its rough guts and foul play. It’s refreshing to see a new spin on one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, and under the direction of Simon Phillips, the cast have managed to sink their teeth into and execute these infamous characters.... Read More | Share it now!
It’s one of Shakepeare‘s most famous tragedies and the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) is bringing Macbeth to audiences with a modern day touch. Starring none other than Aussie actor Jai Courtney in the title role and Geraldine Hakewill as Lady Macbeth, this is sure to be an outstanding season of Australian theatre. Macbeth opens next week and the cast are knee-deep in rehearsals, but amazingly, Hakewill kindly spared us some time out of her schedule to share her thoughts on this venture, and how Lady Macbeth is still relevant in 2017.... Read More | Share it now!
Melbourne Theatre Company have pulled together a powerhouse cast for their new production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The production, directed by Simon Phillips, is the third and final instalment in a trilogy of Shakespearian reinterpretations directed by Phillips for Melbourne Theatre Company, following on from acclaimed productions of Hamlet and Richard III.... Read More | Share it now!
Set among the beautiful surrounds of Robertson Park in Watsons Bay, Sydney, Shakespeare By The Bay presents The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. In partnership with Bard on the Beach, Watsons Bay Hotel and the Woollahra Council, Romeo and Juliet plays out against an ocean backdrop, with the water lapping gently against the dock as bats screech overhead. Not a bad setting to watch one of Shakespeare’s most tragic and well-known plays of two star-crossed lovers from warring families in ancient Verona, where we lay our scene.... Read More | Share it now!
I officially have a new hobby – seeing any National Theatre Live film that comes to Australia. This is a genius concept that has been going on for a number of years but this particular viewing was my first time. Imagine being able to see the best of British theatre at the cinemas?! Genius I tell you. While I had no prior knowledge of Henrik Ibsen‘s Hedda Gabler, the trailer enticed me enough to head along to its Melbourne premiere. What unravelled in those three or so hours was nothing short of sublime and had me hooked right from the very first scene.... Read More | Share it now!
The physical and comedic talents of a dynamic cast smash through the language barrier in this Russian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Combined with powerful design and masterful direction, Cheek by Jowl’s production is a treat for theatre fans and a highlight of the 2017 Sydney Festival lineup.... Read More | Share it now!
The most recent production of A Midsummer Nights Dream I had seen was The Australian Ballet’s interpretation last year, “The Dream”. The ballet was full of whimsical fairies and enchanted forests, the dancing light and airy as it retold Shakespeare’s fanciful story of love and folly. Here again in the Sydney Theatre Company’s latest adaption of Midsummer there exists that story of love and folly, but replace the word whimsy with haunting, enchanted forests with stark emptiness, the light with darkness and the airy with a heavy dose of seriousness.... Read More | Share it now!