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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

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – for young actors

We’re pleased to publish a children’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – designed to be performed by a younger cast. There are parts for around 20 actors, but there are reasonable opportunities to double-up parts and reduce the cast size   It has been adapted by Tim Wilcock, who worked with the children of Shakespeare @ Traquair, to take this adaptation (or an earlier version of it) to the Edinburgh …Read More

Review (*****) Slings and Arrows, 1, Hamlet; dir. Peter Wellington. Acorn Media 2003.

‘Slings and Arrows’, Season 1, Hamlet, dir. Peter Wellington, Acorn Media. 2003.  6 x 45 minutes.   By Alan Brown   April 2, 2018   ‘Slings and Arrows’, is available:   To stream on YouTube, Encore+, at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXssjYeUyJVGSvu1YWyTNM2fmXtOpXPYO   in the US, from Amazon.com to buy as a DVD, new from $35.99 https://www.amazon.com/Slings-Arrows-Season-ACORN-MEDIA/dp/B00UGPXPI8   in the UK, from Amazon.co.uk to buy Seasons 1-3, 7 discs (DVD, Region 1), new from …Read More

Review (***) ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, dir. Adrian Noble, RSC. Film 4, 1996.

Review (***) ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, dir. Adrian Noble, RSC. Film 4, 1996. 99 minutes.   By Alan Brown   February 26, 2018   ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, is available: in the US, from Amazon.com to buy as a DVD for $6.81 in the UK, from Amazon.co.uk  to buy for £7.91 Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above.   By Alan Brown   February …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

Explore #Shakespeare ‘s plays on your iPhone, etc

We’re excited to announce an update to our Shakespeare Edition which allows you to explore his plays much more easily on a smartphone (tested on iPhone and iPad; and should work, probably more slowly, on Android and Amazon Fire).   We’ve simplified the interface for the smaller screen of  mobile phones. This makes it significantly easier to use.   The new interface is also available on tablets and laptops, and …Read More

Review (***) ‘The Tempest’, Dir. Derek Jarman, Kendon Films, 1979.

Review (***) ‘The Tempest’, Kendon Films. 91 minutes. By Alan Brown January 4, 2018 ‘The Tempest’, is available: in the US, from Amazon.com to buy as a DVD for $15.99 in the UK, from Amazon.co.uk  to buy as Blu-Ray for £13.80 Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. . Our Bottom Line: Not nearly as alternative as its detractors suggest. More an approach to ‘The Tempest’ …Read More

RSC Big Backstage Week-end (17th & 18th Feb 2018)

The RSC is running another week-end of workshops for people involved in Amateur Theatre. You may remember we covered their Big Amateur Weekend back in October ’17. Well they’re running another week-end for people involved backstage in theatre lighting, sound, design or stage management. We found their Big Amateur Weekend a 5-star experience, and expect the same from this Big Backstage Week-end. If you’re interested in attending, you need to book …Read More

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