EMMA.

Fondant colours, off-beam characterisations and gentle satire make for a crowd-pleasing version of the Jane Austin classic.

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KISS ME, KATE

Northern Ireland Opera and Lyric Theatre’s new co-production of Cole Porter’s evergreen adaptation of Shakespeare’s troublesome play The Taming of the Shrew does not paper over the misogyny but is a glossy, pleasingly rounded piece of work.

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LEAR

This daring reworking of Shakespeare’s magisterial tragedy focuses on a family of women dealing with the mental and moral disintegration of the head of the household.

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LES MISERABLES

Ladj Ly’s debut feature, set in a tough Paris suburb, holds up to scrutiny the state’s refusal to tackle the social problems of these troubled communities.

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