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Written for Everything Theatre

Often described as one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, King Lear has been a star vehicle for many an established actor, like Simon Russell Beale at the National Theatre last year. Shoreditch company The Malachites have managed to bag John McEnery for their production at the historical site of the Rose Theatre.

Written for Everything Theatre

The Dead Shepherd tells the story of Christopher (or Kit) Marlowe, contemporary and fellow playwright of William Shakespeare. Whereas Will tends to get most of the credit these days, back in 1593 it was a different story: Will was the new kid in town and Kit was the big man, the ‘shepherd’ of the London playwrights. When Will goes to Kit looking for help with his play Henry VI, it quickly becomes apparent that Kit’s taste for trouble goes beyond the stage; he is also a spy, and he’s involved with a dangerous secret society of scholars and atheists called ‘The School of Night’. Then the new Secretary of State, the straight-laced Sir Robert Cecil, arrives, and unlike the rest of London, he’s not a fan of Kit’s . . .

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The Vagina Monologues is pretty much what says on the tin: a series of monologues concerning a range of topics relating to women and sex. Originally written in 1996 by Eve Ensler, it’s based on interviews with over 200 women. It’s also a permanent work in progress: Ensler frequently adds new pieces that address contemporary debates. This means that whenever you see a staging of the play, it’ll be a surprise in terms of which monologues are included and in what order they’re performed.

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Theatre lovers, rejoice: you have an unparalleled range of plays about Romeo to choose from right now. While the traditionalists may content themselves with an old-fashioned ‘and Juliet’, those of a more adventurous spirit can head over to Shakespeare in Love to see the makings of the tragically doomed Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter. And if you really like your classics with a twist, you can have a go at Fentiman’s Romeo and Rosaline.

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The people at the Unicorn Theatre are a brave bunch. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t have given their stage to Amy Leach and her nearly three hour long production of Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, aimed at children of eleven and over. As it does in the play though, bravery certainly pays off.