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July 04, 2008

Announcements

Announcements are coming thick and fast now for new productions. Here's just a sample of what's in the offing, all stuff I haven't booked for yet:

The Winter's Tale @ The Old Vic directed by Sam Mendes, featuring Simon Russell Beale, Sinead Cusack and Ethan Hawke. Also paired with Tom Stoppard's new translation of The Cherry Orchard.

The Winter's Tale tour: not a new announcement, but I do hope to catch this Globe Touring production at some point, probably in Oxford.

Macbeth: Who Is That Bloodied Man? @ The National: last year's Edinburgh smash from Teatr Biuro Podrozy, billed as "Macbeth on Stilts". On the bank of the Thames on an August evening, sounds fab.

Waiting for Godot @ The Theatre Royal Haymarket: Rumours abound of a new production directed by Jonathan Kent, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.

The Brothers Size @ Birmingham Rep: Our new playwright-in-residence, Tarrell McCraney, read some of his biggest hit to us the other week, and it sounds incredible.

Knock Against my Heart @ Birmingham Rep: a retelling of The Tempest in collaboration with Nos do Morro.

Love's Labour's Lost @ The Rose Theatre Kingston directed by Peter Hall.


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Peter Kirwan is Teaching Associate in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama at the University of Nottingham and a reviewer of Shakespearean theatre for several academic journals.


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