‘Smooth-Faced Gentlemen’ take on the irrationally masculine world of Othello

After being blown away by Maxine Peake’s Hamlet earlier this year, I was eager to see what could become of a classic Shakespearean drama if ALL of the characters were portrayed by women. Whilst drama may be looked on at school as a cop-out, ‘girly’ subject, it doesn’t prevent women from being totally underrepresented and… Continue reading ‘Smooth-Faced Gentlemen’ take on the irrationally masculine world of Othello

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Review: Hamlet Cumberbatch, in all its long-awaited glory

Whilst I appreciated this was a well-executed, grand spectacle, responsible for reinvigorating the masses to watch Shakespeare, I can't help but disagree with just about every directorial decision presented. Let's start at the beginning, or the latter half of act 1, scene 2, as this rewrite had it. By all means, update Shakespeare; I've seen… Continue reading Review: Hamlet Cumberbatch, in all its long-awaited glory