Henry V, The Winter’s Tale, The Maori Troilus and Cressida, The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane and Frequently Asked Questions review

By Elspeth Sandys In Theatre

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23rd March, 2012
This year’s New Zealand nInternational Arts Festival delivered a feast of bravely reimagined Shakespeare, some of it – HENRY V and THE WINTER’S TALE from UK company Propeller; THE MAORI TROILUS AND CRESSIDA – stunning in its impact, the rest an uneven mix, yielding compelling moments but succumbing too often to tricksiness. The intention behind Propeller’s allmale, multi-award-winning productions of Shakespeare (directed by Edward Hall) is simple – to honour the original text by telling the story with as much clarity and energy as possible. No tricks, no dumbing down, but plenty ...

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