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#21 Alexandra

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 11:43 AM

Thanks peggs. Well, he was fine as a page. But he would look very young as Claudio. Still, whatever.

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 12:52 PM

OK, so I look out for the guy with no eggs...

I agree, Jan, the RSC Dogberry didn't cut the mustard, did it? It was an odd decision. It is a pretty awful part with all that vocab jokery which isn't easily understood. But I think a lighter touch than it is usually given would play well. Someone with brilliant timing and a comic gift like the young Rory Kinnear.

So we await  Much Ado , the Freedom Pass production, coming soon to a bus depot near you.



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Posted 26 July 2007 - 01:23 PM

I agree that Rory Kinnear would do well but he's perhaps too young. Dogberry thinks he's seen it all, and i think it would make sense to have an older actor in the part. Especially as Verges should be younger than Dogberry.

#24 Alexandra

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 01:50 PM

"So we await Much Ado , the Freedom Pass production"

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#25 Jan Brock

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 06:54 PM

QUOTE(keysersoze @ Jul 26 2007, 02:23 PM) View Post
I agree that Rory Kinnear would do well but he's perhaps too young. Dogberry thinks he's seen it all, and i think it would make sense to have an older actor in the part. Especially as Verges should be younger than Dogberry.


The best Dogberry I have ever seen was Christopher Benjamin, pompous, touching and hysterical - you really need luxury casting to get the best out of the role, just some supporting player won't cut it.

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 10:52 PM

I hate Dogberry.



That is all.
He used to call me Blue Roses.

#27 keysersoze

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 12:03 AM

QUOTE(josh @ Jul 26 2007, 11:52 PM) View Post
I hate Dogberry.



That is all.


Still, any actor playing Dogberry will be better than Michael Keaton...

#28 Daniel

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Posted 28 July 2007 - 11:31 AM

Much Ado is a strange choice bearing in mind it has twice recently been in London in seperate RSC productions.

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Posted 28 July 2007 - 04:23 PM

QUOTE(Daniel @ Jul 28 2007, 12:31 PM) View Post
Much Ado is a strange choice bearing in mind it has twice recently been in London in seperate RSC productions.


Perhaps this production has bee long in development, as it forms part of an annual endeavour by the National to present a classic play, with sponsorship from, I believe, Shell.

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Posted 28 July 2007 - 05:21 PM

I hate Dogberry too.

I think 'Much Ado' is a relatively safe bet for theatres because it is on the schools' syllabi for KS3 and often KS5 (that's Year 9 SATs and A-level) so they are pretty much guaranteed a lot of student bookings.  I think they will have a hard time matching the quality of the most recent RSC production, though.




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