Power

In 1661, the young Louis XIV, on the death of Cardinal Mazarin, takes over the reins of power of France but soon finds himself locked in a battle of wills with his friend, Nicolas Fouquet, whose vast wealth has in the past saved the monarchy and who lusts to be first minister. Hilary Cordery brings … Continue reading Power

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Having been summoned by the new King of Denmark to visit their old friend Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern attempt to make sense of the peculiar goings-on in the castle whilst engaging in an ongoing philosophical debate about free will versus predestination, each trying to prove absurd positions through misbegotten experiments. Anna Fleischle’s design is one … Continue reading Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Hamlet

Prince Hamlet is depressed. Having been summoned home to Denmark from school in Germany to attend his father's funeral, he is shocked to find his mother Gertrude already remarried to his Uncle Claudius. The whole production is filled with Robert Icke’s usual detail, assurance and intelligence. Surrounded by screens, surveillance is key and the characters … Continue reading Hamlet

Saint Joan

Joan: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman. From the torment of the Hundred Years' War, the charismatic Joan of Arc carved a victory that defined France and ultimately lead to her death. Josie Rourke’s production, played on and around a slowly rotating table, causing slight … Continue reading Saint Joan

Nice Fish

On a frozen Minnesota lake, two old friends are out on the ice and they are angling for something big, as the wind howls, boredom numbs and existential emptiness chills their bones. Mark Rylance has brought together prose poems by Louis Jenkins, the result being a series of sketches that explore love, memory and sadness. … Continue reading Nice Fish