I certainly was expecting a solid show, but I was hoping for a few of those indescribable moments that just makes a production sing, something that can only be experienced in a theatre, something that surprises me and fills my heart. I think every theatre-goer experiences these things sometimes, and its these moments that excite me and keep me coming back for more. It could be a huge coup de theatre or a look or a simple glance between characters.
Within the context of this play, I think of Mark Rylance handing a flower to a front-row audience member during Richard's last scene. His shy, sad smile conveyed all the maturity, simplicity, and peace that the character had found. Within recent context of the RSC, I think of Pippa Nixon's face as she appeared in Rosalind's wedding dress at the end of As You Like It - her eyes brimming with tears at the joy of the situation made me cry when I saw it, and makes me cry now as I write this. These moments of grace come few and far between sometimes, but I had hopes for finding some within this production of Richard II. While it's well-done and an enjoyable evening out at the theatre, this magic just wasn't there for me.
If it weren't totally sold out and someone asked whether they should get tickets, and I knew them to be a David Tennant fan, I definitely recommend it. He's good in a good show, and seeing someone you like on stage in a good production is always fun. If that wasn't an issue, though, I'd suggest to see it if possible, but not to worry too much if it's missed. It's good, but not transcendent.
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