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The Rape of Lucrece (RSC)
Shakespeare's tragic poem The Rape of Lucrece, a terrible tale of lust, rape and politics, is both beautiful and violent. From political chronicle to sexual thriller, the poem's exquisite tragedy was fully revealed in an hypnotic evening of song and storytelling, by singer Camille O'Sullivan.
The Rest is Silence (Dreamthinkspeak)
This textual and visual deconstruction of Hamlet, interweaved performance, film and installation to create a vigorous new interpretation that cuts to the heart of the play.
Meditative and dreamlike in quality, the hallmark of dreamthinkspeak's productions, The Rest is Silence was performed within a specially designed and multilayered structure, allowing the action to unfold on different levels and on all sides.
Y Storm (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru)
This new Welsh translation of The Tempest by Gwyneth Lewis, combined with circus by Citrus Art, Theatr brought Prospero's dreams to life on this strange and magical isle.
Coriolan/us (National Theatre Wales)
The story of Shakespeare's Coriolanus re-imagined in an era of 24-hour news, celebrity culture and a new global polity. With outside broadcasts from the battlefield, grievances delivered straight to camera and audience participants, this production was a mash-up of previous attempts to get to grips with a contrary and perplexing figure, performed in an aircraft hangar in Wales.
West Side Story (Sage Gateshead)
A full-scale production of Bernstein's West Side Story with bold, new choreography by Will Tuckett, conducted by renowned conductor and musical director John Wilson.
The cast featured exciting new and emerging talent, from professionals at the outset of their musical career to semi-professionals and amateurs.
Julius Caesar (RSC)
Shakespeare's great political thriller finds dark contemporary echoes in modern Africa, directed by RSC Artistic Director Designate Gregory Doran. The company for this acclaimed World Shakespeare festival production included Paterson Joseph as Brutus, Cyril Nri as Cassius, Ray Fearon as Mark Antony and Jeffery Kissoon as Caesar.
Macbeth: Leila and Ben - A Bloody History (Artistes Producteurs Associes and LIFT)
A Tunisian Macbeth where Shakespeare's malevolent tyrant and his wife are reincarnated as the equally diabolical modern-day duo, Leïla and Zine Ben Ali. Combining Shakespeare's text with film and reportage, this production interrogated the way Arab leaders use, possess and perpetuate power.
Forests (Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Barcelona Internacional Teatre)
Forests used original verse from Shakespeare's forest and heath scenes to take audiences on an odyssey from the calmness of paradise to the uncertainties of purgatory and finally into the flames of hell.
The production started in As You Like It's forest of Arden, stopped off in the moving trees of Macbeth's Birnan woods and finished in the bare wilderness of King Lear's cliffs of Dover. It was performed in Catalan and English with surtitles.
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