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Helen McCrory in a  version by Ben Power. Directed by Carrie Cracknell, music by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp. 2014

The "Olivia Sutherland Medea." Directed by James Thomas, translation by  Peter Arnott . It includes the romantic scenes with Aegis, all the poetic choral odes, and the triumphant ending. 2016.

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Midsummer Night's Dream adapted for television by Russell Davies.  Directed by David Kerr.  Starring John Hannah.

Nominated: 2017 BAFTA Awards, Wales - Best Sound, Best Costume Design, Best Feature/Television Film. Nominated: 2017 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards - Best Single Drama. Won: 2016 New Zealand Cinematographers Society Bronze Award - Telefeatures. Won: 2016 Royal Television Society, UK, RTS Craft & Design Award - Best Picture Enhancement.

Emma Rice's first production as Artistic Director brings the "Dream" crashing into the Globe's magical setting.

 

ShakespeaRe-told: A Midsummer Night's Dream, adapted by Peter Bowker  Directed by Ed Fraiman. 2005.

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For the Young'uns

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Romeo and Juliet

A new version for younger audiences, by Bijan Sheibani and Ben Power.

Originally staged as part of the National Theatre's Shakespeare for Younger Audiences programme. This archival recording was captured in 2017

 

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Set in an anonymous corner of suburbia, this contemporary adaptation of Ibsen's play is a shattering exploration of ambition, domestic power and gender roles.

 

 

Fiona Shaw in the title role. Hedda Gabler. Directed by Deborah Warner. 1993.

 

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Theatreland

This eight-part documentary series covers six exciting months in the life of London's Theatre Royal Haymarket from all angles, in particular the arrival of a new artistic director - Sean Mathias, and the lead-up to his production of Waiting for Godot, starring Ian McKellen - which recently toured Australia to rave reviews.

 

Beckett's best known play is a finely wrought tragicomedy exploring the battle between the futility of life and the fundamental human desire to survive. Directed by Michael Lindsay Hogg

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Australian Biography: David Williamson (2015)

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More by Caryl Churchill

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Subjects: Creative industries / Acting, drama and technical production
Tags: creative_industries, drama, shakespeare, theatre