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#11 Jan Brock

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 10:43 AM

QUOTE(fairycake @ Apr 30 2010, 11:24 AM) View Post
Doctor Faustus

Faustus - Gordon Brown

Mephastophilis - Mandelson

Valdes and Cornelius - Blair & Campbell

Helen of Troy -  ??????



Margaret Beckett ?

#12 Weez

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:29 PM

QUOTE(Jan Brock @ Apr 30 2010, 07:29 AM) View Post
Peter Mandelson as Richard II

Boris Johnson as Falstaff, Cameron as Prince Hal.


Interesting! David Cameron also would cast David Cameron as Prince Hal. laugh.gif I'm not entirely sure about Johnson as Falstaff. Maybe this is revealing as much about our reading of Shakespeare as our personal politics after all, 'cos I see Falstaff as being actually quite canny and shrewd under all the drunken blather, and I find it really difficult to convince myself that Johnson is canny and shrewd, although one would hope he's got *something* under the blather!

Apparently Nick Clegg's favourite Shakespeare play is Othello. I could almost see him as Michael Cassio. And if he ended up as PM after all, we could then have Cameron as Iago, and OH how I'd LAUGH.

I came up with really good ones for Mandelson and Darling last night, but I've forgotten them now. Boo. sad.gif

(Brown for Caliban! Or is that a little unfair?)

EDIT: have found ye olde "Cameron as Hal" article! http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblo...onisnoprincehal

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 01:36 PM

Mandleson as Iago....has far too much fun running round stabbing people and being two-faced!

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 02:53 PM

How about Brown as Malvolio?
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 03:21 PM

Oh help! In some ways, that's absolutely spot-on PERFECT!

I keep trying to come up with someone for Nick Griffin, but I can't think of any characters I dislike enough. D:

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 05:14 PM

Come on, Mandelson Richard III not II
That scene with the strawberries was written for him!
Nice thread...let's hope we are still smiling on Friday, well some of us might be, some not  biggrin.gif

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 11:32 PM

QUOTE(Weez @ Apr 30 2010, 04:21 PM) View Post
Oh help! In some ways, that's absolutely spot-on PERFECT!

I keep trying to come up with someone for Nick Griffin, but I can't think of any characters I dislike enough. D:

I suppose Arturo Ui is too obvious  angry.gif
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 12:18 PM

QUOTE(Weez @ Apr 30 2010, 01:29 PM) View Post
I see Falstaff as being actually quite canny and shrewd under all the drunken blather, and I find it really difficult to convince myself that Johnson is canny and shrewd, although one would hope he's got *something* under the blather!


No, he is - I'm not a great admirer but he is far more shrewd and intelligent than the Woodhousesque exterior suggests.
QUOTE(Weez @ Apr 30 2010, 01:29 PM) View Post
(Brown for Caliban! Or is that a little unfair?)


Yes, I mean GB's a rather tragic figure right now but Caliban's a bit much, I think.
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#19 wickedgrin

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 04:23 PM

What a fun topic for a bank holiday weekend - thanks Jan!

Julius Ceasar - Gordon Brown
Cassius - David Milliband - lean and hungry look
Brutus - Alistair Cambell

Lear - Gordon Brown
Goneril and Regan - Jacqui Smith and Hazel Blears

Iago - Peter Mandelson

Lets not restrict it to Shakespeare

Nick Clegg - Garry Essendine in Present Laughter or Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit - whoops he's already played that - style over substance!!

Gordon Brown and David Cameron as Jack and Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest - Jacqui Smith as Lady Bracknell.

Or how about the musicals.

They all could be in A Chorus Line "Oh god I need this job...."

The Wizard of Oz step forward the auditionees for those who havn't got a brain, the heart, the courage? Harriet Harmon as the Wicked Witch of the West? Tony Blair as the Wizard?

Jan - you could be Dorothy!!!!!!!!!


#20 Jan Brock

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 06:24 PM

One for the oldies: Michael Heseltine as Coriolanus.






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