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for a previous production "She is funny, self-deprecating, and there is an honesty in her hindsight but the relaxed chatty style hides some barbs of social commentary...Oruche's story is a really interesting one and that is where this piece worked best...The other characters, despite their distinctions of gender, age, and race, start to get a bit tangled and as a result lose their impact. It is an interesting approach but not one that completely worked." Full Review
for a previous production "While it is great to have the opportunity to revisit it, the thrill this time was seeing it as part of the King and Country cycle...There was a renewed energy in the performance, for part 1 at least. Antony Sher is still a joy to watch as Falstaff but the company is strong enough to ensure it isn't just his show. Part 2 didn't quite have quite the same energy...'Henry IV' parts 1 and 2 ably carried the baton and were a pleasure to watch all over again, I'm giving them an aggregate of 4 stars." Full Review
for a previous production "Brash and bold in style and tone, the genius of this particular production is in the use of popular songs and music and also in the cast...This production feels fresh, contemporary and exciting...It would have been nice to have seen an all female production that didn't feel like it had to explain why there were no male actors...But, there is still plenty to enjoy and admire about this production." Full Review
for a previous production "The RSC's 'Wolf Hall' not only brought history to life but it gave it personality...This feels like a character piece wrapped up in a important piece of history and it works really, really well. I was gripped, charmed and amused." Full Review
for a previous production "The humour comes once again from the common people and the stereotypical portrayal of Welsh, Irish and Scots soldiers. In the end it is Henry's wooing of the French princess that shows his maturity while retaining that youthful playfulness we've come to love and you can't help but smile. He did it; it was a funny, emotional and sometimes difficult journey but he became a worthy King. Well done Alex and well done the RSC, it's been epic. 'Henry V' gets five stars from me." Full Review
for a previous production "I laughed and I cried as Tennant cleverly managed to evoke sympathy for a King who is arrogant and self-centred. His Richard is a clever wordsmith but one who only realises and utilises the power of that when it is too late...That is part of the genius of this production, the rest of the cast are so good it doesn’t just feel like Tennant’s play...It’s my first five-star play of the year and that isn’t bad for the second week in January." Full Review
for a previous production "It is breathtakingly clever, organised chaos that startles, shocks and has you laughing out loud...This is surreal theatre at its dizzying best and it won't be for everyone. It is like a Ferrari having to have a push start but once the engine catches you better buckle up." Full Review