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Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare's Globe)

Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare's Globe)

Adetomiwa Edun (Romeo); Ellie Kendrick (Juliet); Ukweli Roach (Tybalt); Jack Farthing (Benvolio); Tom Stuart (Paris); Phil Cumbus (Mercutio); Michael O'Hagan (Montague); Ian Redford (Capulet); Holy Atkins (Lady Montague); Miranda Foster (Lady Capulet); Penny Layden (Nurse); Rawiri Paratene (Friar Lawrence);

"Dromgoole is blessed with a smashing pair of young lovers. Adetomiwa Edun's Romeo is fresh, cheeky, light on his feet and full of the ebullience of young love... The production's secret weapon is Ellie Kendrick...delivers the jewelled verse with a lovely purity and directness. I particularly admired Rawiri Paratene's impassioned Friar Lawrence, Ian Redford as a Capulet, and Tom Stuart's hilarious performance as a socially inept Count Paris." (The Daily Telegraph)

Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Makram J. Khoury (Shylock); Nadia Albina (Nerissa); Scarlett Brookes (Jessica); Patsy Ferran (Portia); Owen Findlay (Salerio); Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (Bassanio); Brian Protheroe (Aragon); Ken Nwosu (Gratiano/Morocco); Jamie Ballard (Antonio); Gwilym Lloyd (Tubal); Jay Saighal (Solanio); James Corrigan (Lorenzo);

"... this haunting production crackles with tension ... There is evidence of crisp, fresh thinking in every scene of this excellent production." (The Evening Standard ★★★★★)

Shakespeare: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Shakespeare: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Mark Arends (Proteus); Michael Marcus (Valentine ); Jonny Glynn (The Duke of Milan ); Pearl Chanda (Julia ); Sarah MacRae (Silvia ); Leigh Quinn (Lucetta ); Keith Osborn (Antonio ); Nicholas Gerard-Martin (Turio); Roger Morlidge (Launce); Mossup (Crab); Molly Gromadzki (Host/Outlaw); Simon Yadoo (Panthino/Outlaw);

"There's a lovely summery feel to Simon Godwin's nimble-footed modern-dress production of this early Shakespeare comedy; it's a stylish and confident RSC debut." (Evening Standard ★★★★)

Shakespeare: Three Tragedies (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Shakespeare: Three Tragedies (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Paapa Essiedu (Hamlet (Hamlet)/Edmund (King Lear)); Marcus Griffiths (Laertes (Hamlet)); Cyril Nri (Polonius (Hamlet)); Natalie Simpson (Ophelia (Hamlet)); Antony Sher (King Lear (King Lear)); Nia Gwynee (Goneril (King Lear)); Natalie Simpson (Cordelia (King Lear)); Hugh Quarshie (Othello (Othello)); Joanna Vanderham (Desdemona (Othello)); Lucian Msamati (Iago (Othello)); Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (Cassio (Othello));

"It is an utterly engaging performance by Paapa Essiedu." (The Times - Hamlet ★★★★)

Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Nia Gwynne (Tamora); Stefan Adegbola (Aaron); Hannah Morrish (Lavinia); Patrick Drury (Marcus Andronicus); Martin Hutson (Saturninus); Dharmesh Patel (Bassianus); Tom McCall (Lucius); Luke MacGregor (Chiron); Sean Hart (Demetrius); Jon Tarcy (Alarbus); David Troughton (Titus Andronicus); Kristen Atherton (Nurse);

"There’s fantastic work, throughout, from Troughton, grizzled, grey-faced, buttoned-up and stiff-limbed – a loyal old warrior surviving battles abroad only to be betrayed at home, driven to clarifying madness by his blind adherence to a heartless state. He catches Titus’s rasping, ramrod arrogance, his crumpling up with agony, and the particular macabre pathos too of his wildly empathetic raving in defence of a slain fly: “How if that fly had a father and a mother?...”" (The Daily Telegraph ★★★★★)

The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company)

The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Simon Russell Beale (Prospero); Joe Dixon (Caliban); Mark Quartley (Ariel); Jenny Rainsford (Miranda); Simon Trinder (Trinculo); Tony Jayawardena (Stephano); Oscar Pearce (Antonio); Joseph Mydell (Gonzalo);

"Simon Russell Beale’s return to the Royal Shakespeare Company after 20 years has been overshadowed by excitement about the production’s use of digital technology. While the effects are innovative, for me the kaleidoscopic visual spectacle pales besides the show’s human values and its moving affirmation of forgiveness." (The Guardian ★★★★)