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Much Ado About Nothing

Sewell Barn Theatre Review published in the Eastern Daily Press, 11 October 2014 Stage rom-com brings the smiles Often considered one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies with serious issues and no deaths, Much Ado About Nothing is a good choice for this talented, lively company. Purists might argue at the decision to stage it in a contemporary media office instead of as soldiers, but it works. The play centres around two young couples. When gossip, rumour and some comical over-hearing threaten the marriage of Hero (Sabrina Poole) and Claudio (Ben Sheridan), subterfuge by friends and family is needed. Benedick (Joe Trewellard) and Beatrice (Laura Landamore) are tricked into confessing their outwardly denied love and all is finally well. Dogberry (Jeff Price) and his security team present some effective Shakespearian clowning. It is a large cast and other characters … Read entire article »

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Shakespeare’s Ideas: What Have They Done to the Bard?

Long regarded as an icon of English cultural history, Shakespeare’s works have been subjected to more adaptation on stage and film than almost anybody else. In January 2010 Chicago news reporter, Karen Meyer, wrote about disability issues in some of Shakespeare’s plays: not a topic much thought about by Shakespearean purists. Books, articles, theses, even cartoons and manga-style comics about Shakespeare and his folklore, magic, feminism, history-apology and patriotism abound, sitting alongside studies of his language, poetry, vocabulary, foreign words, invented terms and phrases that have become international quotations. However, it’s how his work has been interpreted and adapted that causes people to restate that ‘in their view Shakespeare can only be done in Elizabethan costume,’ with the same lyrical poetry as the original, not, for example modernised (like putting Titus Andronicus … Read entire article »

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