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Thomas Tyrrell review of The Merchant of Venice in Cardiff

July 4, 2018

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Review from Thomas Tyrrell that first appeared in Wales Arts Review:

Everyman | Cardiff Open-Air Theatre Festival, 2018

The plots of many of Shakespeare’s comedies work better if you assume the characters are drunk most of the time. Joss Whedon’s film of Much Ado About Nothing (2013) did this well, setting the play at a boozy Californian house party, but Everyman Theatre’s The Merchant of Venice takes it to the next level, taking the play to the high-octane, high finance, high-as-a-kite world of the 80s, where women with big hair and men with ludicrous lapels snort cocaine and gulp down Quaaludes in vast quantities. Think Wolf of Wall Street does Shakespeare, and you won’t be far off.

The sets, like the decade, are not exactly subtle. On one side of the stage, Portia’s Palazzo, the Belmont, is rendered as a gloriously tacky cocktail bar. On the other, a wall-sized image of argosies and galleons sailing between corporate megaliths reinforces the melding of two great ages of trade and finance. Badly-placed microphones mean that every squeak of the actor’s shoes is sometimes wincingly amplified, but the sight of the full moon rising behind the treetop backdrop of the outdoor theatre didn’t fail to cast a little magic over the scene.

Read the rest of the review.

 

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The Merchant of Venice in Cardiff this week @everymancdf

June 24, 2018

 

Everyman Theatre are back this summer at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, until Sat 30th June.

Shakespeare’s Comedy of Love, Sex, Power and Revenge.

Money!  Portia has it, Bassanio wants it, Shylock loans it, Antonio borrows it.  But what happens when the Merchant must sacrifice his own flesh for the friend he loves?

Find out more

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Shakespeare performances in Cardiff and nearby this summer

June 30, 2017

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There seems to be so much Shakespeare lined up for the summer it’s difficult to keep track. However, I’m going to have a quick look about and see what I can collect together here. Please let me know if I’ve missed anything and I can add it.

We don’t have anyone lined up to review these, so if you are interested please get in touch with me.

Some of the productions detailed below are playing elsewhere and fairly nearby too. Just follow the links on the play titles to find out more.

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Wednesday 5 July A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ballet Cymru at Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

Wednesday 5 July The Tempest
Taking Flight Theatre Production in Newport (2pm and 7pm)

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Thursday & Friday, 6-7 July The Comedy of Errors
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men at Cardiff Castle (Gates open 6.30pm)

Friday 7 July The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Festival Players at Caerleon Amphitheater, near Newport (7.30pm)

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Thursday & Friday 13-14 July Richard III
Showcase Performing Arts at Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil (7pm)

Friday 14 July The Taming of the Shrew
Heartbreak Productions at Chepstow Castle (7.30pm)

Saturday 15 July A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Fringe Theatre Festival, YMCA, Cardiff (2-3pm)

Sunday 23 July Twelfth Night
Everyman Youth production in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (7.30pm)

20-29 July Macbeth
Everyman production in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (Saturday at 3pm, and otherwise 8pm; no Sundays)

Saturday 29 July The Tempest
Taking Flight Theatre Production in Cardiff (Noon)

Sunday 30 July The Tempest
Taking Flight Theatre Production in Penarth (4pm)

 

Illyria TheatreSaturday 5 August The Comedy of Errors
Illyria production in Abergavenny (7pm)

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Open Air Theatre Festival in Cardiff: Shakespeare, 21-30, July

July 18, 2016

 

 

Everyman Theatre is back in Cardiff for the Open Air Festival.

Their Shakespeare productions include:

Richard II, 24th, July, 2016

Everyman Youth Theatre are delighted to return to the Open Air Theatre Festival this summer to perform Shakespeare’s historical play, Richard II. Running time is approximately 90 minutes including an interval.

Romeo and Juliet, 21-30th, July, 2016

Everyman Theatre are delighted to welcome directors Mark Modzelewski and Jack Paterson to our Open Air Theatre Festival and the depiction of Shakespeare’s classic tale of “star-cross’d lovers”, forbidden love and blind passion is a tale of firsts.  Swept away in their first love, teenagers Romeo and Juliet irresistibly drawn to each other, fall in love and marry in secret as their families’ long standing feud comes to a head.  When you are passionately in love, nothing else matters – not even life itself.  Defying the hatred and violence surrounding them, they dare to believe they can, and must, be together.

In modern Verona, violence erupts between the Montagues and Capulets with tragic consequences.  With the death of their children, the citizens come together and through song, movements and story examine how they came to such tragedy.

Find out more.

 

 

 

 

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South Wales: Shakespeare / Early Modern Plays this Summer

May 31, 2015

Just a heads up about some current, or forthcoming, productions of early modern plays

The Duchess of Malfi at RWCMD

John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi is currently playing at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff: http://www.rwcmd.ac.uk/whats_on/events/the_duchess_of_malfi.aspx

You can see Twelfth Night at Cardiff Castle, 26-27th June, 2015.

Taking Flight Theatre is touring The Winter’s Tale (in Cardiff 11-18th of June).

Everyman Theatre have a new website and a new production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, 22 July – 1 August: http://everymanfestival.co.uk

And you can see The Tempest tonight in Llanhennock and a version of Henry IV on July 10th as part of the Caerleon Festival.

I’m sure I’ve missed a production or two, so please do let me know of others @DrJ_Gregory

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The Taming of the Shrew in Cardiff from this week @everymanfest

July 22, 2014

Everyman will be performing The Taming of the Shrew in Cardiff from this Friday (26 July – 2 August):

http://www.everymanfestival.co.uk/

 

See here for a theatre review!

p.s. Cardiff Shakespeare has a new twitter account – at the same handle @CardiffShakes. Please re-follow!

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Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in Wales

May 20, 2014

Here are just a few forthcoming productions in Wales, Summer 2014

Illyria will be touring Macbeth around Wales in August:

www.illyria.uk.com/

Everyman will be performing The Taming of the Shrew in Cardiff, 26 July – 2 August:

http://www.everymanfestival.co.uk/

 

And there are also going to be several Shakespeare productions and workshops at the Willow Globe:

http://www.shakespearelink.co.uk/willow-globe/events/

 

Find out more about forthcoming productions in the UK at Touchstone.

 

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