Reviews

Five stars
'Smart jokes and skilful puppetry abound in Dmitry Krymov's bawdy and shocking but also poignant production'

'The more I think about the piece, the more profundity and joy I find in it'
Financial Times

Four stars
'This is not your standard Shakespeare, I would urge you to catch it if you can'

'Executed with real dazzle and flair'
Guardian

Four stars
'With its whirlwind blend of refinement and slapstick, Krymov's Shakespearean fantasy offers a rich, original and entertainingly subversive anatomy of love, politics and the theatre itself'

'The human cast is tremendous, but it's the dog that steals the show'
Daily Telegraph

'Words are almost inadequate to describe this glorious piece of theatre'

'Extraordinary... a teasing, brain-testing juxtaposition of comedy and tragedy that is the very essence of Shakespeare'
Stage

'Prepare to be amazed as the stage erupts with puppetry, acrobatics, ballet, glorious singing and Venya, the cleverest performing Jack Russell terrier since The Artist'

'If you miss this show, you'll have missed a treat'
Express and Star

'For all the laughs, and there are many, there is also genuine tenderness, some impressive acrobatics, some quite beautiful operatic singing, some very purposely bad ballet, and not forgetting the dog'

'This wonderfully inventive production is only in Stratford until Saturday (August 18). Cancel all other plans and get a ticket'
Stratford Observer

'An astonishing contribution to the World Shakespeare Festival... Don't miss'
Oxford Times

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