Yes, You CAN Enjoy Shakespeare! Magazine Article

Lockdown is the ideal time to give Shakespeare's plays a try, as many theatres are offering free streamed productions online. In this article, I share some links to where you can watch the performances, as well as my tips to make sure you actually enjoy them!

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier: Disturbing Gothic Enigma

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"Someday, somehow, I would repay my cousin Rachel." Ambrose has been like a father to Philip, raising him single-handedly ever since the death of his parents. They live undisturbed on their Cornish estate, surrounded entirely by men - not even a female housekeeper. So when Ambrose travels abroad for his health, only to send word he has fallen in love and married, it is understandable for Philip to be jealous. His feelings of hatred towards this woman only increase when Ambrose dies in Italy, with his new wife by his side. Philip is left the grand estate, but no chance to say goodbye. However, this bitterness soon alleviates upon meeting Ambrose's widow, the beautiful and enigmatic Rachel. He may be falling for her. And that may be exactly what she wants.

Theatre Review: Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Isabella is a woman of deep religious belief, who is soon to enter a convent where she will begin her devout life as a nun. Shortly before she embarks, Isabella is informed that her beloved brother Claudio has been arrested by Lord Angelo. His sentence is death.

Isabella meets with Lord Angelo to plead for her brother's life and he strikes a deal: her virginity in return for a pardon. Torn between a sister's love and her unwavering religious faith, Isabella's struggle dramatises the public and private battles for power that have raged for centuries...

Theatre Review: Richard III (Headlong Productions)

After years of devastating war between the houses of York and Lancaster, peace is finally restored to England under the reign of King Edward IV. However, with Edward's bitter and alienated younger brother, Richard, waiting in the wings, it seems that the cycle of vengeance is yet to be broken...

The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

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The Bonfire of the Vanities is set in New York during the 1980s. When a black student is the victim of a hit-and-run by a white Wall Street stockbroker, the prejudices that lie beneath life in the city are exposed at the quick.

Theatre Review: Troilus & Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company)

My birthday treat this year was a pair of tickets to see a live-streamed production of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Troilus & Cressida. The play is a love story that unfolds in the midst of the Trojan war. With the Greek army camped at their walls, tensions are mounting in the besieged city. Troilus and Cressida must negotiate a tangle of betrayal and deceit if they are to remain true to one another.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: Character-Driven Drama

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Rating: 5 stars

Category: Emotional

Synopsis: Shaker Heights seems like an almost flawless town - careers, families and entire lives are carefully constructed with little margin for error. All this changes when free spirit Mia moves in with her daughter Pearl. Secrets and scandals begin to emerge that threaten to crumble the community's perfect facade. 

Royal Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth: Theatre Review

This week I went to see a live-streamed performance of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth at my local cinema. It was my first experience of Macbeth and I have been captivated by Shakespeare’s twisted and darkly insidious tale...

Live Theatre Streaming: Royal Shakespeare Company’s Twelfth Night

If you follow my blog on Facebook, then you may know that I recently went to watch Twelfth Night performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The performance took place in Stratford-upon-Avon (UK) but I watched it live streamed from the comfort of my local cinema. It was an incredible experience that gave me a real buzz, so I wanted to share it with you!