Savannah Oakes’s review published on Letterboxd :
It was a lot of fun. The editing was pretty wonky and some of the performances were better than others but was all around an enjoyable event.
Stand out performances:
- Our lovely hosts: Catherine Tate and David Tennent
- Alison Moyet's performance and composition of "Sign No More Ladies" from Much Ado About Nothing
- John Lithgow as Feste in a scene from Twelfth Night
- A Jazz Orchestra playing "Such Sweet Thunder" a piece composed by Duke Ellington which led into another Duke Ellington piece: "Black and Tan Fantasy". This second performance was accompanied by two Birmingham Royal Ballet members, Elisha Willis and Tyrone Singleton, as they presented a ballet piece entitled "Othello and Desdemona".
- "When I was a Little Tiny Boy" performed by Gregory Porter. It was composed by John Woolf and Sianed Jones and adapted from Twelfth Night
- Judi Dench as Titania attempting to get it on with Bottom in a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Rufus Wainwright singing an adaption of Shakespeare's Sonnet 29: "When, in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes"
- A "To be or not to be?" argument between many, many Shakespearean actors, some of which have played Hamlet and some who have not (Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Kinnear, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, etc.). The bit ends with a charming moment from a final cameo and afterwards any hint of comedy is silenced by Paapa Essiedu's performance of the soliloquy.