Whether you're planning a trip to Shakespeare's iconic Globe theatre or a spot of Shakespearean drama elsewhere in London, here's where to watch the best plays by the Bard in London.
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David Tennant returns in the RSC's production of 'Richard II' as part of their 'King and Country' cycle in November 2015. Dates and prices TBC. David Tennant played time travelling extraterrestrial The Doctor as a sort of matey everybloke, so it’s a fun irony that in his second post-Whovian stage role he portrays historical figure Richard II like a fey alien. Indeed, at one point in Greg Doran’s production, Tennant’s elfin monarch literally descends from the skies in the sort of ‘Close Encounters’-style blaze of light that was forever denied to him by that stupid phone box. His star turn anchors this RSC production of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard II’, which marks both the company’s long-anticipated return to its former London home, the Barbican, and the first show in the reign of new RSC boss Gregory Doran, who directs. Of course, far from being ‘new’, Doran has been at the RSC since before many of Tennant’s fans were conceived, and this intelligent, lucid and atmospheric production is – in the best possible sense – the sort of thing you’d expect from him. Taking the vaulting gothic majesty of Richard’s great project Westminster Abbey as a starting point, Doran and team have created a brooding world of echoing voices, rarefied gloom and cold choral song courtesy of a trio of sopranos. Stephen Brimson Lewis’s projection-based sets offer a tour around England’s castles, but we never truly leave the curdled grandeur of Westminster. Tennant, then, is a striking Richard, an ethereaRead more
Continuing her foray into theatre infused with movement following 'Medea' at the National Theatre, Carrie Cracknell directs the Bard's tragedy with Lucy Guerin. This will be a staging that features five dancers and six actors and an intriguing design from Lizzie Clachan. It's a co-production with the Birmingham Rep and with Cracknell's touch will likely be a thrilling version. John Heffernan stars as Macbeth.Read more