Much Ado At The National.
Posted 26 July 2007 - 11:43 AM
Posted 26 July 2007 - 12:52 PM
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.
Posted 26 July 2007 - 01:23 PM
Posted 26 July 2007 - 06:54 PM
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.
Posted 26 July 2007 - 10:52 PM
That is all.
Posted 27 July 2007 - 12:03 AM
That is all.
Still, any actor playing Dogberry will be better than Michael Keaton...
Posted 28 July 2007 - 11:31 AM
Posted 28 July 2007 - 04:23 PM
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.
Posted 28 July 2007 - 05:21 PM
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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