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FringeReview UK 2021

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Even more than 2019, a carnival riot of joy – with enough misdirection to evoke moonshine


Anton Chekhov

The nearest we’ll come to meeting Chekhov. In Pennington’s masterclass.


Aphrodite

Dazzling: wise, clever twists about choice, male determination, and consequence.


Hamlet

Jumbo’s Hamlet strips out accretions and ghosts you into asking who or what Hamlet is. See it if you possibly can.


Icarus

After all the gods and their lack of choice, we come to the final instalment, the human dimension. Where we have one. A heartfelt, satisfying finish.


Macbeth

Building out of Macbeth a recurring epic of structural violence not ended with one overthrow, sets the seal on this outstanding production.


Metamorphoses

The overriding sense, not surprisingly with these actors, is joy.


Metaphysicals

A cross between cheerfully-spun recital and quicksilver treasury


Orpheus

A terrific reinvention, bringing gods and heroines up from the death of myth to an altered world.


Pandora’s Jar/Honour Among Thebes

The most educative stand-up and a thrilling presentation. Oh and bloody funny on the tragedies.


Paradise

A sleeping classic in the making


Persephone

Dazzling: wise, clever twists about choice, male determination, and consequence.


Push and Pull

A quietly thrilling evening, after it goes off with a bang and a bear.


Pygmalion

The most profound reinvention of this particular myth I’ve seen


Romeo and Juliet

A fleet, brilliantly upending, wholly relevant take on the Verona-ready toxicity feeding male violence and young depression


Sweet William

Naturally enriched by living with Shakespeare Michael Pennington unearths local habitations and names for him.


The Game and Love and Chance

If you ever need a kick-start to theatre, this is it.


The Love and War Trilogy

An enormously satisfying traversal


The Mahabharata

A dramatic sense of arrival the way the Odyssey here ended: a clash of even vaster ferocity, keening, treachery, humour, mischievousness, sacrifice and grief, joy and the agency of women.


The Odyssey

As spellbinding as Circe and Calypso in one


The Rape of Lucrece

The definitive way to experience this troublingly great, disturbingly unresolved poem


The Tempest

Do see this Tempest, not only subtly outstanding, but pulsing with human connectivity and warmth.


Troy Story

Again the most educative stand-up and a thrilling presentation. Oh and bloody funny on war, male sexuality and the Bechdel Test.


Twelfth Night

With Michelle Terry as Viola, one of the most touching and truthful Twelfth Nights I’ve seen.