High Arts Corner: Coppélia Ballet

Title: Coppélia
Performed by: Birmingham Royal Ballet
Where: Birmingham Hippodrome
When: 5 June 2013

 

 

Final Verdict: Great first two acts, that are fun and funny, but you might want to leave before act three.

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High Arts Corner: As You Like It- A Royal Shakespeare Company Production

Title: As You Like It
Performed by: Royal Shakespeare Company
Written by: William Shakespeare
Where: Stratford-Upon-Avon England
When: 20 April 2013

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Final Verdict: A fun play, and a great production of it. If you are new to Shakespeare, this is a great way to start!

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High Arts Corner: Titus Andronicus- A Royal Shakespeare Company Production

Title: Titus Andronicus
Performed by: Royal Shakespeare Company
Written by: William Shakespeare
Where: Stratford-Upon-Avon England
When: 26 May 2013

 “You heavy people, circle me about,
That I may turn me to each one of you,
And swear unto my soul to right your wrongs.
The vow is made. Come, brother, take a head;
And in this hand the other I will bear.
Lavinia, thou shalt be employ’d: these arms!
Bear thou my hand, sweet wench, between thy teeth
.”
Titus in Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare

Final Verdict: A very bloody play that is quick and relatively easy to follow. Not one for the kids, but a good day out at the theatre.

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High Arts Corner: The Comedy of Errors- A Royal Shakespeare Company Production

Title: The Comedy of Errors
Performed by: Royal Shakespeare Company
Written by: William Shakespeare
Where: London, England
When: Summer 2012

We came into the world like brother and brother,
And now let’s go hand in hand, not one before another.

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

Final Verdict: A good play for those new to Shakespeare or young theater goers. A nice day out, and you will leave with a smile on your face!

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High Arts Corner: Twelfth Night- Apollo Theatre

Title: Tweflth Night
Performed by: Actors at Apollo Theatre- Featuring Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance
All cast members of this production were male
Written by: William Shakespeare
Where: London, England
When: November 2012

Poor lady, she were better love a dream.
Disguise, I see, thou art a wickedness,
Wherein the pregnant enemy does much.

Viola in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Final Verdict: Do whatever needs to be done to get tickets to see this (lie, steal, murder if need be!). It is an amazing presentation of the Bard’s work!

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High Arts Corner: Neverwhere Radio Play

Title: Neverwhere Radio Play
Novel by: Neil Gaiman
Dramatized by: Dirk Maggs
When: March 2013

“You’ve a good heart. Sometimes that’s enough to see you safe wherever you go. But mostly, it’s not.”
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Cast Highlights:
James McAvoy as Richard Mayhew
Natalie Dormer as Door
David Harewood as Marquis de Carabas
Sophie Okonedo as Hunter
Anthony Stewart Head as Croup
David Schofield as Vandemar
Benard Cribbins as Old Bailey
Christopher Lee as Earl of Earl’s Court
Benedict Cumberbatch as The Angel Islington

Final Verdict: A great radio play, and a great escape. Something to listen to on a long trip!

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High Arts Corner: Macbeth- Trafalgar Studios

Title: Macbeth
Performed by: Actors at Trafalgar Studios- Featuring James McAvoy
Written by: William Shakespeare
Where: London, England
When: 11 April 2013

“Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep,” the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast…”
Macbeth in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Final Verdict: If you ever have the chance to see this staging or another James McAvoy play, get tickets immediately. You just may want to bring a waterproof jacket to wear!

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High Arts Corner: Hamlet- A Royal Shakespeare Company Production

Title: Hamlet
Performed by: Royal Shakespeare Company
Written by: William Shakespeare
Where: Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
When: 28 March 2013

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
Hamlet, Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Final Verdict: One of the Bard’s most well known plays that everyone should see once, but you may be better off watching a video of a different staging.

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High Arts Corner: Phantom of the Opera

Title: Phantom of the Opera
Performed by: London Cast
Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre
When: 7th February 2013

 


“You will curse the day you did not do, all that the Phantom asked of you.”

Phantom, Phantom of the Opera written by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Final Verdict: Hop in a plane, train or automobile to get here. And possibly take a booster seat to see around the other people!

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High Arts Corner: A Winter’s Tale – A Royal Shakespeare Company Production

Title: A Winter’s Tale
Performed by: Royal Shakespeare Company
Written by: William Shakespeare
Where: Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
When: 14 February 2013

“Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.”
Autolycus, A Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

Final Verdict: A good production, but only go if you are interested in the plot, as it is not one of the best stories.

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