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There Was An Old Woman

Tim Webb and Oily Cart have, over the years, developed a way of making participative theatre for the youngest children – and those with learning difficulties – which is all its own and this latest show about shoes does not, on the whole, disappoint although it’s a little too long for the concentration span of the target audience.

The Shoemaker's Holiday

Philip Breen, whose Merry Wives of Windsor was a success here two years ago, tackles the first Royal Shakespeare Company production of Thomas Dekker’s play with panache. Perhaps the convoluted plot has put others off – Breen ensures that the audience is not left behind.
He begins the performance with everyone on stage, underlining the importance of community in this...


Here’s a toast for the downtrodden and all who have ever felt marginalised. Mike Kenny’s adaptation of Cinderella is a plea from below the stairs – under the floorboards, to be exact – for a bit of tolerance.
The playwright’s take on the story, which Mark Babych stages with a cast of actor-musicians, tells it from the perspective of a...

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Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 51, 2014




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In this week's issue

    Exclusively in the December 18 issue of The Stage
    • Our bumper Christmas issue is chock full of festive treats, with The Stage team and contributors picking the shows that raised the roof - and those that should have been kicked into the pit. Plus, there's a souvenir pull-out section for The Stage Scholarships 2014
    • The Big Interview: in an extended edition, Bill Kenwright talks about his role as an impresario in a career which has seen him stage around 400 shows, but 'only two for the money'
    • Miranda Richardson is back on Christmas TV in Mapp and Lucia. She talks to The Stage about the role, and about the training and auditions that forged her career
    • As he steps into Patrick Stewart's boots as Shylock in Rupert Goold's The Merchant of Venice, Ian McDiarmid talks about Shakespearean reinvention... and Star Wars
    • The next issue of the stage – featuring The Stage 100 and The Stage Awards winners – is out on December 31, 2014