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Richard II and A Christmas Carol—the best theatre in December 2018

Plus Kiss Me, Kate in Sheffield

By Michael Coveney   December 2018

Richard II, Almeida Theatre, London, 10th December to 2nd February

Is there no Shakespearean role beyond Simon Russell Beale? For all his brilliance, he remains an unlikely heroic actor, yet he has triumphed as Hamlet and Benedick, Prospero and Iago, Timon of Athens and Macbeth, with powers of steely intelligence, critical acumen and glorious verse-speaking. While King Lear was just beyond him (too young), the villainous, sardonic Richard III—his performance was described by one critic as an unholy alliance of Père Ubu and Gertrude Stein—was easily within his range. The more…

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