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Julius Caesar (1999)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Mark Rylance

Ambition, honour, prophecy and civic responsibility versus personal loyalty are all themes in this great tragedy.

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A Mad World, My Masters (1998)

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Playwright: Thomas Middleton
Directed by: Sue Lefton

Middleton's satire of London is first and foremost a deeply moral play. All societies are in a state of transition but the one this play depicts obviously one where the status quo has been shaken.

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The Honest Whore (1998)

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Playwright: Thomas Dekker (with Thomas Middleton)
Directed by: Jack Shepherd

The Honest Whore was written in two parts and the total running time was somewhere in the region of seven hours! In this version, Mark Rylance and Jack Shepherd have conflated the plays into one.

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Venus & Adonis (1998)

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Playwright: John Blow
Directed by: Ian Caddy

Venus and Adonis has an excellent claim to be the first true English opera. But this remarkable work has had a chequered history.

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As You Like It (1998)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Lucy Bailey

As You Like It speaks eloquently of the transforming nature of theatre: the soulful characters journey from inner conflict, through engagement or retreat, to harmony and joy.

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The Merchant Of Venice (1998)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Richard Oliver

The Merchant of Venice compares the Christian, Judaic and Hermetic traditions of 16th century Italy and England and weighs them in the balance.

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The Maid's Tragedy (1997)

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Playwright: Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher
Directed by: Lucy Bailey

The Maid's Tragedy manages to thrill in the real sense of the word. It is a brilliant piece of story-telling, keeping you hooked by a sequence of events that continue to defy expectation.

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A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (1997)

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Playwright: Thomas Middleton
Directed by: Malcolm McKay

A Chaste Maid in Cheapside is Thomas Middleton's Jacobean City Comedy set in London's Cheapside and concerning the Lenten laws.

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