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REVIEW: Bard On The Beach’s Julius Caesar & All’s Well That Ends Well

Bard On The Beach presents two Shakespearean classics for the 2020 summer season of tales of love, betrayal, power and intrigue in All’s Well That Ends Well and Julius Caesar. The two plays, which are presented by the cast on different nights, can be experienced in multiple locations. Set underneath the stars in the Rotunda […]

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

The Los Angeles Herald described this show as “Shakespeare written by Reader's Digest, acted by Monty Python and performed at the speed of the minute waltz.” Will you have time to recognise all 37 of the Bard’s plays, as well as his sonnets, in the 97-minute performance. Director Jess Davis was thrilled to work with […]

Much Ado About Nothing

Like all of Shakespeare’s comedies, Much Ado About Nothing has its dark moments.  The play is about two pairs of lovers. One pair is of noble birth; their names are Claudio and Hero. The other pair is, let’s say, middle-class, and they are called Beatrice and Benedick.  The first pair have a somewhat formal relationship […]

The King

Shakespeare is pushed to the side in this remarkable contemporary adaptation of the iconic historical story of King Henry V of England. The King is quintessentially a film which surfaces occasionally and must be watched by all audiences regardless of taste owing to the incredible performances and high production values. The musical score and cinematography […]

Titus Andronicus

By Rita Bratovich Titus Andronicus was Shakespeare’s first tragedy and it makes Game Of Thrones look like Sesame Street! Written in line with the genre then known as “revenge plays” and vengeful it is aplenty; by the end, the death toll is 14 alongside incidents of rape, mutilation, torture, and cannibalism. Oh, and also, most […]

Ophelia

This is one of those “let’s get a famous story from a different angle” type scenarios; in this case, it’s Hamlet’s doomed lover, Ophelia played by Daisy Ridley. She is the narrator and central character, and yet she is peripheral to her own story. All the elements that make Shakespeare’s Ophelia an intriguing, tragic character […]

A View From The Bridge

A View From The Bridge, by Arthur Miller, is a play of epic tragedien proportions echoing the works of Euripides, Sophocles and Shakespeare in the opinion of director Lain Sinclaire. Miller, in the tradition of ancient tragedy, was able to, “throw human reality into stark relief which creates a sense of infinity.” This is true […]

Forever Young

By Rita Bratovich The 1960s were one of the most impactful decades in modern history: pivotal, subversive, expressive, transcendent. It was a time when artists superseded politicians as the influencers of collective ideas - and no artist effected this more than Bob Dylan. His lyrics and music were the voice and soundtrack of revolution, free […]

All Is True

This is an imagined biopic using fact and intuitive judgement, based on Shakespeare’s life after he laid down his quill and returned from London to his home in Stratford. Written by Ben Elton, the script is tilted empathetically towards Shakespeare (played by Kenneth Branagh who also directed), dealing belatedly with the death of his son, […]

REVIEW: West Side Story

First written as a book by Arthur Laurents in the late 1940s, West Side Story first appeared on Broadway in 1957 and has remained a steady favourite on stages the world over since then. That it was chosen as Opera Australia's first musical foray on Sydney Harbour proves it is just as appealing 70 years […]