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The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1996)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Jack Shepherd

Although The Two Gentlemen of Verona is first mentioned by the critic Francis Meres in 1598, the play may in fact be Shakespeare’s first work for the stage.

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Henry V (1997)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Richard Oliver

Shakespeare’s masterpiece of the turbulence of war and the arts of peace tells the romantic story of Henry’s campaign to recapture the English possessions in France.

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The Winter's Tale (1997)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: David Freeman

Shakespeare's first unambiguous success in the genre of Romance integrates the exotic and the magical with the realistic psychology of the tragedies.

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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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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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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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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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