Hamlet – RADA

I was not one of the happy few to get a ticket in the ballot. Fortunately, Michael Billington was. Here are his views on the new Branagh’s revival of Hamlet starring Tom Hiddleston for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). Billington is, in my opinion, one of the most knowledgeable, conscientious, and reliable contemporary Shakespearean … More Hamlet – RADA

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

While we may battle for a priceless ticket to watch Branagh’s new production of Hamlet  with Tom Hiddleston at the RADA, it is in fact the comparatively undervalued amateur theatre that keeps drama alive. The Curve Young Company and Community Production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Leicester may lack great performances but it is … More A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Julius Caesar at the RSC

When announcing the 2017 summer season at the RSC, Creative Director Gregory Doran justified the choice of the Roman plays by saying that he felt we needed plays that talked to us about the issues that concern us today in the age of Trump and Brexit.  Well before Orwell’s ‘newspeak’ and the Trump administration’s ‘alternative … More Julius Caesar at the RSC

The Tempest at the RSC

In a unique partnership with Intel, the RSC decided to see what the most advanced technology could do when reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play. Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in a production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran. The Imaginarium Studios created an ethereal shaped Ariel whose … More The Tempest at the RSC