King Lear - NtSimon Russel Beale/Sam Mendes
Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:15 PM
Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:53 PM
I loved Derek Jacobi's performance however. He seemed more like a child, which made the ending emotional for me. One of the best Shakespearean performances I have seen.
I can not imagine Beale playing an Ian Mckellan or Greg Hicks King Lear, perhaps in between them and Jacobi.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:56 PM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:25 AM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:38 AM
Yes. Unconvincing, just an angry fat bloke which in the short-hand of English culture is always amusing. He got laughs in that too where there were none. My problem is not with his range so much (although he was poor as Macbeth, and far too audience-friendly as Leontes) but rather the audience expectations. He is like David Tennant - a section of the audience assumes everything they are in must be a comedy.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:32 AM
I don't get it when people say 'laughs where there were none'. If the audience laughed, they clearly found something in the text or its perfomance funny, even if you didn't. Why shouldn't there be laughs even in tragedy? And horror of horrors -m an actor who is 'audience-friendly'. How dare he make Shakespeare entertaining and accessible when everyone knows it's meant to be a an inttellectual ordeal?
Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:40 AM
Being 'audience-friendly' by having the audience love your character more than intended by the writer and director is poor acting.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:04 AM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:39 AM
For anyone who loves to laugh at atrocities, two forthcoming shows this spring may appeal - Cheek by Jowl's Ubu Roi at Oxford Playhouse, Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry and the Barbican Centre, and Anthony Neilson's new play at the Royal Court. Or just switch on the tv news and chortle.
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