Richard III & Twelfth Night (Rylance & Fry)
Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:34 PM
Anyway, it's sold out at the Globe I believe, more expensive when in the WE....
Posted 24 September 2012 - 09:21 AM
Very average I thought though better than the recent NT one at least. Rylance is excellent but only Barnett as Sebastian and Paul Chahidi as Maria come close to matching him and Sebastian is a relatively small part. Most of the rest of the cast are fine but are also pretty forgettable including Fry and Lloyd Pack is a pretty feeble Aguecheek. Like the NT one it has a huge hole in the centre of the play as Johnny Flynn is terrible as Viola and looks outclassed by the rest of the cast which is a problem when Viola is pretty much the only character to share scenes with the whole cast.
Posted 24 September 2012 - 09:51 AM
With the National’s staid Peter/Rebecca Hall version my only other experience, it was a revelation to find that the play can be genuinely funny. The authentically Shakespearean all-male cast makes you wonder how it could be done any other way, particularly when it allows Mark Rylance to give us his Olivia. The woman is inherently absurd, and this must surely be the definitive version of ‘her’. Sliding around the stage as if on castors, dressed like Miss Havisham meets Elizabeth I, and channelling Lord Percy from Blackadder, Rylance proves once again that he’s the most magnetic stage actor of our lifetime. Most of the others do excellent work too, particularly Paul Chahidi as a fruity and gimlet-eyed Maria, and Fry is fine as Malvolio. Two moments involving him and Rylance are among the most hysterical I have ever seen on stage. Johnny Flynn is not bad, but suffers in this company.
The running time is a challenge, especially for those standing. It was 10.50 before the final (rapturous) curtain call, and my legs were running out of steam from Sir Topaz onwards. With a bit of tightening they could trim 15 minutes, and it would indeed be ‘most wonderful’.
Posted 24 September 2012 - 10:34 AM
Posted 24 September 2012 - 11:50 AM
Posted 24 September 2012 - 11:51 AM
No one had an umbrella last night so I assume they are not allowed. Lots of rain coats, hoods and ponchos instead.
Posted 24 September 2012 - 12:10 PM
Posted 24 September 2012 - 01:56 PM
And you definitely can't put an umbrella up.
Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:02 PM
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