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Review (*****): Trevor Nunn’s The Merchant of Venice

Trevor Nunn’s Merchant of Venice is available from: Amazon.co.uk as a DVD for £11.91 Amazon.com as a DVD for $18.93 Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above.   Our Bottom Line (*****): A superb production of The Merchant of Venice, with excellent performances from  Henry Goodman (Shylock); David Bamber (Antonio); Derbhle Crotty (Portia). There are no weak links in the rest of the cast. Trevor Nunn’s …Read More

Review (*****) ‘Hamlet’, dir.Gregory Doran, RSC. BBC 2009.

Review (*****) ‘Hamlet’, dir.Gregory Doran, RSC. BBC 2009. By Alan Brown   May 12, 2018   ‘Hamlet’, is available:   in the US, from Amazon Prime at $4.99 to stream; or as a Blu-ray DVD at $15.44. https://www.amazon.com/Hamlet-David-Tennant/dp/B003LMRD6S/ref=tmm_aiv_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1525953907&sr=8-1   in the UK, from Amazon.co.uk (DVD, Region 2), new from £5.90 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hamlet-DVD-David-Tennant/dp/B002PXHRFQ   Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above.   Our Bottom Line. Quite …Read More

Review (****): Hamlet at The Globe with Michelle Terry

To The Globe on Sunday, 29th April for the matinee performance (a preview) of their new production of Hamlet.   Michelle Terry has been artistic director of The Globe for a few months now, and her first productions are now coming into production, and hence this review.   She has promised to introduce an ensemble form of production with a group of 12 or so actors taking on a number …Read More

Reheasals at The Globe for Michelle Terry’s Hamlet

Michelle Terry has been in place for a few months now as artistic director of The Globe. Her first productions, Hamlet and As You Like It , are in rehearsal, and they’re both being played by the same ensemble of actors, and are being launched towards the end of April. We plan to attend an early performance of Hamlet, and bring you a review of how it went.   The casting of these two production …Read More

Review (***): Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre

This production of Julius Caesar runs at The Bbridge Theatre in London, from Wed 21st March – Sun 15th April. This review is based on a performance of the same production by NT-Live at Omnivue, Edinburgh on 22nd April.     Usually we only review productions which you can see at home by streaming, download, or on DVD, but we’re making an exception for this production, because it is the first production …Read More

Review (***) ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Dir. David Kerr, BBC Films, 2016.

Review (***)  ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Dir. David Kerr, BBC Films, 2016. 90 minutes.   By Alan Brown   February 12, 2018   ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, is available: in the USA, watch with Britbox on Amazon for $6.99 a month after a trial in the UK, to buy & stream from Amazon Prime video for £2.49 in the UK, from Amazon.co.uk  to buy as a DVD  for £6.03, Blu-Ray …Read More

Review (****) ‘A Midwinter’s Tale’, Dir. Kenneth Branagh, Castle Rock, 1996.

Review (****) ‘A Midwinter’s Tale’, Castle Rock 1996. 1 hour 38 minutes. By Alan Brown December 18, 2017 . ‘A Midwinter’s Tale’ (also titled ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’), is available: in the US, from Amazon.com to rent for $9.99 and to buy as a DVD for $14.99 in the UK, from Amazon.co.uk  to rent for £2.49 and to buy for £7.99 Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ …Read More

Review (****) Upstart Crow, Season 1, BBC 2016

By Alan Brown December 4, 2017   ‘Upstart Crow’, Series 1 is available In the UK: from Amazon.co.uk  as a DVD for £9.99. Series 1 & 2 are available to stream through Amazon Video UK  at £9.99 per series or £2.49 per episode, in HD. . In the US the same options are available at different prices at Amazon.com. . Upstart Crow would make a great Christmas present, but maybe …Read More

Review: (****) RSC production of Coriolanus

This production of Coriolanus runs at The Barbican in London, from Nov 6th to Nov 18th. This review is based on a performance of the same production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on 14th October. . There was a Cinema screening on 11th October ’17, so perhaps there will be ‘encore’ performances shortly. . Our Bottom Line: This is a full-scale production of Coriolanus  with a full cast of around 35 actors. …Read More

The Hollow Crown, Henry IV, Parts One & Two

The Hollow Crown (Series 1) is available: Streaming: The Hollow Crown’, Series 1, a 4 disc set of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & 2, and Henry V is available for streaming on Amazon Video / Prime at $2.99 per episode. UK: ‘The Hollow Crown’, Series 1 (DVD), a 4 disc set of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & 2, and Henry V is available through Amazon.co.uk at £15.95 …Read More

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