YOKR PLAY REVIEWS

Twelfth Night

Yorkshire Post - Twelfth Night
"a triumph"
"Branagh finds a perfect backdrop to this often silly tale of love, lust and yellow stockings in the hedonism of the flapper age."
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Reviews Hub - Twelfth Night
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"It’s difficult to imagine a more joyous three hours of Shakespeare for an open-air production in what is bound to be a glorious summer in the sun of York."
"the essence of this production is a very funny reading of the text itself, in all its knockabout humour and subtle wit."
"A uniformly excellent cast clearly having fun, brightly imaginative designs, music and songs that strike the perfect balance between Shakespeare’s original and the 1920s – what more could you ask for?"
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York Press - Twelfth Night
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“a midsummer night’s dream of a summer show, courtesy of Kenneth Branagh’s younger sister, who puts the Joy into Joyce as she serves up “Comedy Glamour” with a Charleston dash.”
“Clearly told, clever, witty, romantic, fabulous and fun, Twelfth Night should be your choice if you can see only one Rose in bloom this summer.”
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British Theatre Guides - Twelfth Night
"This is one of the best productions of Twelfth Night I’ve ever seen—and easily the funniest."
"Hilarious"
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Arts York - Twelfth Night
"one would be hard-pushed leave this show without feeling inspired and in love."
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ON:Magazine - Twelfth Night
“It’s one of the funniest stage shows I’ve seen all year, in one of the greatest settings. It feels like this is now an annual event, and if so, I’ll happily be back next summer.”
“James Cundall, one of the driving forces behind the whole experience, should be rightly proud of what he and his army of co-workers have achieved. Shakespeare for the masses, and a hugely enjoyable experience at that.”
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Broadway World - Twelfth Night
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“A triumphant production that pulses with brightness and energy from start to finish.”
“genuinely, wonderfully funny”
“Twelfth Night is an evening of riotous summery hilarity that shows off everything that makes Shakespeare's Rose Theatre something special. It's a celebration of Shakespearean silliness, and a truly glorious experience for anyone lucky enough to be in York to witness it this summer.”
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Henry V

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York Press - Henry V
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Arts York - Henry V
“[a] simple, potent retelling”
“Bain plays the caddish young orator king with a committed front of terrier-like swagger and rich-brat bravado”
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The Tempest

British Theatre Guide - The Tempest
“A Tempest full of joy, exuberance and magic”
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York Press - The Tempest
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Yorkshire Post - The Tempest
“first class production which fizzes with energy”
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Fairy Powered (blog) - The Tempest
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“A timeless classic, performed with immense passion and flair. You need to come to York and experience it for yourself – start your summer fling with Shakespeare without delay!”
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Arts York - The Tempest
“[a] delightfully talented ensemble cast”
“The production has an ethereal lightness of foot and soul”
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WhatsOnStage - The Tempest
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“There are many different ways to approach The Tempest, but Philip Franks' vibrant production, mischievous, magical and often very funny, feels just right for this theatre.”
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Broadway World - The Tempest
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“The Tempest wows with some stunning visuals and a handful of masterful performances.”
“the setting makes it a theatre experience like few others in a city brimming with theatrical history”
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Hamlet

British Theatre Guide - Hamlet
“David Oakes’s interpretation of the Danish Prince is charming, clever and quick-witted, striking up an excellent rapport with the audience…a confident and arresting performance.”
“an engaging and handsomely performed piece of work”
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York Press - Hamlet
“[Oakes] is handsome, elegant in movement, golden tongued, sometimes still, yet as likely to surprise as quicksand, witty, bright yet brittle.”
“Hamlet will move you, amuse you, thrill you. To put it in black and white, do see the best Prince show this summer.”
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ON:Magazine - Hamlet
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The Stage - Hamlet
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“Cruden’s direction brings clarity and cohesion to a challenging play with a large cast”
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Arts York - Hamlet
“the production team behind Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre manage to bring fresh mischief and flair to the most quoted and studied play ever written”
“the excellent, diverse ensemble cast of this production deliver a captivating rendition of this timeless thriller”
“Fantastically nuanced and mutually supportive, this production is all the things it should be; convincing, disconcerting, complicated and potent.”
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Fairy Powered (blog) - Hamlet
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“a great authentic experience with excellent direction from Damian Cruden, with a unique set design and great acting throughout.”
“A must see for any Shakespeare lovers”
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WhatsOnStage - Hamlet
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