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Reviews in for The Tempest, starring Ralph Fiennes
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Reviews are now in for The Tempest, starring Ralph Fiennes. Here are the key broadsheet ones:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2011/sep/07/the-tempest-review
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/the-tempest-theatre-royal-haymarket-london-2350943.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/8746328/The-Tempest-Theatre-Royal-Haymarket-review.html

Those of you who know me, will know that I only ever run reviews from The Telegraph and The Guardian, and that I favour The Telegraph.

On this occasion, The Guardian loved it and The Telegraph hated it. I was torn. I checked The Independent and they loved it.

So the Ayes have it! (Can you see how I have rigged the vote?!).

I have not seen the production yet so I cannot possibly comment but I know Ralph Fiennes is always outstanding live, especially when performing Shakespeare, so I have given you The Guardian and The Independent reviews first, even though in normal circumstances I always prioritise The Telegraph. Yes I am completely and utterly biased - I admit it!


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Ouch – The Telegraph's reviewer really wasn't impressed with any of it was he? I'll be interested to hear what you think in due course... :-)

The Telegraph always has by far and away the best theatre reviews - I trust them above all other broadsheets.

But I am a HUGE Ralph Fiennes fan. I queued for 7 hours in January many many moons ago to see him as the lead in Ivanov at the Almeida. It was worth it - he blew me away!

I have seen him a few times since then and he is always outstanding live.

Ralph, as an obsession, predates Benedict.

So I have to go with my gut instinct which is that Ralph will be outstanding in this - no one beats Ralph when it comes to Shakespeare.

But yes I will tell you what I think when I see it - towards the end of September. The Tempest is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, I studied it for A level, so I am really looking forward to seeing this, regardless of what The Telegraph says.

Put it this way, there is no way in hell it can be worse than the travesty that is the current RSC version of The Merchant of Venice!

I'm going to see The Tempest on 8th October, so I'll let you know what I think as well.

Yes - I would like you to post about it on this com. I always place more value on what my friends think than what professional reviewers think - they are more reliable!

I am going on 23 September.

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