I overheard him and his practices

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Having nothing else planned for the Bank Holiday weekend, I headed off to the Globe (well, I was really on a trip to Konditor and Cook for Curly Wurly cake, but it’s on the way and feels far more virtuous). There’ll doubtless be more to follow – particularly on the costumes – today I want to talk about rehearsals.

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The precious jewel of thy home

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What with the Guardian talking about DruidShakespeare and Twitter’s #ShakespeareSunday focussing on the Plantagenet plays, I have been revisiting Richard II. I haven’t seen it yet in my ten-year tenure, but I saw a powerful version with Ralph Fiennes as Richard many moons ago, and of course I have watched the spectacular (literally) Hollow Crown version with Ben Wishaw in the lead. There has been a recent run of famous faces taking on the role – I hope it continues.

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Report speaks goldenly of his profit

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I keep catching the IKEA ad for beds. You know the one – Helen Mirren recites Prospero’s famous “Our revels now are ended” speech as a woman falls through clouds. It is, I think, surprisingly lovely (I still remember an early IKEA ad with an insanely catchy song urging us all to “Chuck out that chintz”, not to mention the one correlating furniture and sexual habits*) so this is a definite step up… In case you haven’t seen it, you can catch it in all its glory here.

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