Formed of Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest, the Donmar Warehouse’s productions are being performed in a special space at the King’s Cross Theatre for a limited time. But what have critics been saying about it?
The Guardian: ***** “The all-female casts and prison setting make you see the three plays afresh.”
The Independent: ***** “A brilliantly bracing new version of The Tempest completes Phyllida Lloyd’s inspired trilogy of all-female Shakespeare productions.”
The Telegraph: **** “Shakespeare as though played by women prisoners is not feminist goading but an insightful triumph of pared-down theatre.”
The Financial Times: “It is a complete triumph: the plays emerge sharp, sinewy and fresh.”
Evening Standard: “Intimate, exciting, often abrasive and sometimes startlingly funny, it’s a celebration of ensemble acting and of the fertile possibilities of breaking free from conventional ideas about casting.”
Theatre Cat: “It hits you on the raw. Just as theatre does in real prisons.”
Culture Whisper: ***** “Phyllida Lloyd’s three productions make that universality feel truer than ever.”
London Box Office: ***** “Phyllida Lloyd’s Shakespeare Trilogy is an artistic triumph”
Exeunt Magazine: “The result at the Donmar’s temporary site in King’s Cross is an extraordinary testament to the endurance, talent, and skill that women performers have, and the conditions that women artists must create in so that they can thrive.”
The Upcoming: **** “Moving, convention-defying and inspirational, the Shakespeare Trilogy is the living embodiment of the potential of women to perform, to be funny, to be profound, or whatever they want to be – at the very least, a force to be reckoned with.”
Broadway World: **** “the greatest takeaway from this exciting enterprise – most evident in the rewarding marathon viewing – is its rich, wide-ranging and liberating portrait of humanity.”
The Shakespeare Trilogy will continue to play at the King’s Cross Theatre until the 17th December. To book tickets visit: ATG Tickets.