Measure for Measure at The Marlowe

Measure for Measure holds an awkward place in Shakespeare’s canon. Full of lengthy soliloquies, reflections on life and death, fraught relationships, it also features the comedic tropes of mistaken identities and works its way towards a neat marriage ending. The bawdy jokes abound, but there’s also speeches that wouldn’t seem out of place in Hamlet.Continue reading “Measure for Measure at The Marlowe”

Director Kimberley Sykes talks about her production of As You Like It

Director Kimberley Sykes talks about her production of As You Like It, which will be coming to The Marlowe Theatre in January as part of a season of exhilarating Shakespeare plays bursting with contemporary resonance. What has influenced your thinking around the production? I think a big thing which has influenced my thinking on theContinue reading “Director Kimberley Sykes talks about her production of As You Like It”

Hobson’s Choice at The Malthouse

First performed in 1916, Hobson’s Choice, written by Harold Brighouse, was originally set in in Salford in 1880. It was deemed to be a seminal play, and has been repeatedly revived, adapted for film several times, was a modern American drama, and has been performed as a Broadway musical. Now it’s time to visit Canterbury’sContinue reading “Hobson’s Choice at The Malthouse”

Crowded – spoken word and mental health drama

Crowded, an immersive new spoken word drama for teenagers and adults by children’s theatre specialists Half Moon Theatre and Apples and Snake, England’s leading spoken word poetry organisation, embarks on a nationwide 10 venue tour, from Wednesday 6 November to Friday 22 November 2019, premiering at Half Moon Theatre for ten performances. Developed in directContinue reading “Crowded – spoken word and mental health drama”

A Taste of Honey at The Marlowe Theatre

Shelagh Delaney was only 19 when she wrote A Taste of Honey, first staged in 1958. She’d been to see a dull play in Manchester by Terence Rattigan and felt she could do better. She sent it to Joan Littlewood, along with a note explaining that she was something of a theatre novice, but hadContinue reading “A Taste of Honey at The Marlowe Theatre”