My mate and I are headed down to Stratford in week or so to go and see Richard II. I haven't been there since I was a kid but I know many on here are regulars so wondered if you had any recommendations for things to see and most importantly places to eat/drink! We're heading there Saturday morning and will probably leave late afternoon Sunday so dinner before the evening performance and nice Sunday Lunch venues would be useful. I don't suppose there is a huge amount to do after the performance?
I quite liked it but nothing special - once again the lovers were the highlight, particularly Kingsley as Helena and it instantly perked up whenever they were on stage, for their performances and the guys lack of outfits! Smith was fine though I wondered why she wanted the role - I suppose it is the female lead but I've never seen anyone do anything particularly exciting with Titania and she would have had a lot more fun with Helena I would have thought.
The main problem was Walliams - if you like his tired brand of camp then I'm sure you would have loved it but it does nothing for me and for much of the audience - though lots of people were laughing it was quite a divided audience with many not reacting during his big moments. Then again I presume he was cast for the sole reason of giving that type of performance since he seems incapable of doing anything else.
Really enjoyed this yesterday. Not a massive fan of the Globe usually but thought this worked really well - lots of energy, well staged and although no one really stood out all the performances were strong. Never seen any of these before but wasn't confused by the cross casting - don't know if it helped that I know the period very well.
Only flagged during the first act of Part III but the first scene after the interval with the ultra camp interpretation of the French King revived us!
Even enough time to sprint out and manage a Pizza Express between 2 and 3!