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Lady Windermere’s Fan – Bridewell Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Adam Morley Reviewer: Sheila Cornelius [rating:3] Turn of the Screw Productions has assembled a fine creative team and cast for their debut at Bridewell Theatre. ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ fits well with recent interest in upper-class dramas of manners such as ‘Downton Abbey’. Self-confessed Puritan Lady Windermere seems to have it all: a devoted husband: a fine ...

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Don Giovanni – ENO at the Coliseum, London

Music: Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Sheila Cornelius [rating:3.5] This dazzling revival of award-winning director Rufus Norris’s visually stylish 2010 production, seems to inhabit the same barrio of Madrid where Spanish film maestro Pedro Almodóvar hangs out. Walls are whisked across the stage in a flurry that arraigns contemporary urban design and interior spaces are filled ...

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What You Will – Apollo Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare/Roger Rees Reviewer: Sheila Cornelius [rating:4] Roger Rees’s excellent one - man show at the Apollo highlights the actor’s considerable acting talents; it also makes one want to rush out to see more Shakespeare. The set resembles a theatrical props store-room; a medieval throne and a bust of Shakespeare hold pride of place. Rees tells stories about his ...

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The Doctor’s Dilemma – Lyttleton Theatre, London

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Nadia Fall Reviewer: Sheila Cornelius [rating: 4] In this play, first staged in 1906, Shaw seized the opportunity to air his socialist views on private medical practice. The National Theatre’s beautifully staged revival of his minor masterpiece chimes with current issues around public health and moral choices in a time of scarce resources. A romantic ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Coram’s Fields, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Paul Gladwin Reviewer: Sheila Cornelius [rating:5] Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner, but I can’t remember a better adaptation of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ than the sixties-inspired show at Coram’s Fields. A musical background of the Beatles’ greatest hits, arranged by Ruth Clarke-Irons, and a troupe of flower-power fairies, chimes perfectly with Shakespeare’s arguably most whimsical ...

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Mary Shelley – Tricycle Theatre, London

Writer: Helen Edmundson Director: Polly Teale Reviewer: Sheila Cornelius [rating:4.5] Helen Edmundson’s play succeeds where George Bernard Shaw so often failed by presenting important social ideas in a convincing dramatic framework. Her eloquent play explores a period in the life of Mary Shelley, author of ‘Frankenstein, from the first meeting with Romantic poet Percy Shelley to the near-completion of her ...

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Mother Adam – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Charles Dyer Director: Gene David Kirk Reviewer: Sheila Cornelius [rating:3.5] Jermyn Street Theatre’s production of a rarely performed, fascinating sixties tragedy is a real treat for theatre-goers and was warmly applauded by an enthusiastic audience. Adam’s elderly mother is the last survivor of a missionary family whose members met various gruesome ends in outposts of the Empire. Now bedridden ...

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The Public Reviews : The Best of 2012

2012 has been our biggest year for reviewing theatre. We have reviewed over 3,000 productions across the UK including West End shows, regional theatre, fringe, stand-up and live music. The end of the year saw us branch out with a team based in Ireland and we hope to continue to grow in other areas that we currently don’t cover on ...

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