Opens: 31/08/2012 Closes: 15/09/2012 Birmingham Repertory TheatreThe pandemonium that occurred in Shakespeare's forests – mistaken identity, forbidden love, casual anthropomorphism – was intended as an alternative to the structured society of the Elizabethan court. Spanish director Calixo Beito takes this typically English trope and gives it a Catalan twist, bringing an international company of cast and creatives to Birmingham Rep.
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The Observer“Calixto Bieito is in his element...” Bieito sees this as being about renewal, but the concluding image of a tree decorated with red balloons seems an apologetic regeneration. For all its classy verve, this is a production that cannot redeem itself, will never be out of the wood...
The Stage“An impressionistic work, delving into the tangled forest of experience...” Forests has a daring brilliance, but, shorn of developed characters and contexts, it is rarely emotionally involving...
Guardian“Hot-blooded, anarchic and haunted by images of death...” This may not be your Shakespeare or mine. It is, however, emphatically Bieito's. And what he memorably unearths is the idea of the forest as a place of both escape and terror...
The Telegraph“Can be hard to see the wood for the trees...” The finest moment of the evening comes midway when George Costigan delivers “All the World’s a Stage” with mesmerising intelligence. Oh, that those qualities were writ large elsewhere in Bieito’s bonkers Bard-fest...
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