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Henry IV, part 1

Even without its climactic sequel this is a roguishly appealing, stand-alone historical romp.

Henry VIII

It’s not every day that you get to hear a Shakespeare play (or at least a play partly by Shakespeare) for the first time.

Troilus and Cressida

There are some glimmers of directorial genius—Dunster triumphs when tackling the play’s sombre moments—but that, alone, is not enough to save the show.

Macbeth: Who Is That Bloodied Man?

Can a Shakespearean play work without Shakespeare’s language? Pawel Szkotak proves so in his nightmarishly perverse adaptation of Macbeth.

The Winter’s Tale

What else could be more representative of this transatlantic project than Sam Mendes relocating Sicilia and Bohemia to England and the US in the 18th century?

All’s Well That Ends Well

Perhaps under other circumstances having ’solved’ All’s Well would be enough of an achievement, but this is the National we’re talking about; it’s perfectly justifiable to demand more.

Factory Hamlet

It’s a production without concept, in which the actors feverishly juggling words, words, words keep revealing brilliant new facets of a familiar text, then tossing them away with spendthrift unconcern.

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