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All the theatre I saw in 2016, ranked

(nb: most of this was written on the train on New Year’s Eve, so “last night” = Dec 30th.)

In 2016 I saw 41 plays (and three staged readings, which were interesting but it feels unfair to put in with the rest because they’re not supposed to be fully realised pieces of theatre). Drunk Theatre stalwart Louisa and I tried to clear out the bottle-ends in the booze cabinet before the New Year, and carried out the immense task of force-ranking all our 2016 plays with Post-It notes. (for the record if you are also looking to clear out your drinks bottles, the “Monkey Gland”, a 1920s? cocktail involving grenadine and absinthe, was surprisingly all right.)

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Interview with “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” author Ian Doescher

I'll be reviewing "William Shakespeare's Star Wars", the Shakespearean version of the first Star Wars movie by Ian Doescher, properly next week. In the meantime, Doescher has a lot of interesting things to say about the book and Shakespeare, including his favourite (and least favourite) Shakespeare plays; going to see Branagh's Much Ado with his mom; discussing motivation with Lucasfilm's Darth Vader Characterisation Specialist (DVCS for short); and his dream cast for the Broadway production.

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Four Shakespeare plays that deserve teen comedy remakes

So I consider myself kind of an expert on movies about teenagers based on Shakespeare. I have voluntarily sat through every Shakespeare teen comedy adaptation I know of: not only 10 Things I Hate About You (which is brilliant) and My Own Private Idaho (which is good), but She’s The Man (which is dire, even if Amanda Bynes is never not delightful).

Eventually, of course, I hope the whole Shakespearean canon will get the teen remake treatment (oh man, can you imagine the Gossip Girl-style miniseries based on the Henry VIs? Because I can, and it’s glorious). But Hollywood, while you’re getting the funding together for that, here’s a few ideas for adapting the next teen Shakespeare movie:

1. Richard III

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