CM wrote:The RSC's 12th Night has perhaps the most eye-popping yellow stocking scene I've set eyes on. What separates Jonathan Slinger from Others on stage is that he is able to roll a phrase around his mouth to unveil the inner man. Other actors just deliver their lines, like a postman, they hand them to the audience to make of them what they will. Slinger does it for us, investing them with hisses and tics and stutters and loops. He speaks Shsp in technicolour, while his colleagues converse in black and white. His harsh Prospero is good too. But whether Malvolio, Macbeth, Lenny or the usurped Duke of Milan I still catch flashes of his Richard Gloucester, as if this is his seminal performance, the palate from which he now draws. I hope an Iago and a Hamlet are in the offing.
CM wrote:If the gods are still listening, I'd like DruidMcDonagh, Burbage cloned and Sir Sher to reprise his Richard 3 for those of us who were spendingtheir pocket money on London Irish groups in the '80s, missing seminal shakespeare.
You can have the '91 Tipperary show, but I'm keeping '88 and love nor money could make me part with the Chieftains @ Brixton.
I saw Sher play 18th Shsp actor Kean in the west end a few years back, theshow opened with Sher playing Kean playing Richard, but with a nod and wink, also Sher playing Sher playing Richard. Now is the winter ...
CM wrote:Missed them live, but I've the dvds of both, he is excellent. His Prospero was great too.
There's got to be a Falstaff in the post.
Christine wrote:Richard III at the Globe yesterday – fabulous, as expected. Standing ovation for Rylance at the beginning and the end, more than deserved for his utter professionalism in the face of personal tragedy alone, but also for a brilliant performance, scheming and funny. Rylance dominates, even during the final dance of the entire cast you can’t take your eyes off him. Sadly, some of the audience had to leave as they got absolutely poured on – so much rain for a while that it was even hard to hear the actors.
An interview with Rylance about the Olympics (his appearance there cancelled since) but still interesting to hear about his views on corporate sponsors of the games and on the plan for actors (dressed as ‘normal’ people) to approach visitors and discuss the assassination of Julius Caesar:
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