Just a quick heads up that I plan to watch and live-tweet the 2014 film Anarchy, also known (to me at least) as the biker Cymbeline. It seems like a fitting way to spend some of those crazy hours between Christmas and the New Year!
If you want to join me, I’m on Twitter at seek_cymbeline. I plan to start at 2.00 pm UK time. There will probably be snark, and maybe drinking (it is Christmas after all!) and undoubtedly some appreciation for Shakespeare and for anyone who chooses to tackle his more bonkers plays…
I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoyed Cymbeline, and of my intention to go and see something in Emma Rice’s first season at the Globe. So the two came together quite naturally when she announced the season would include a production of Cymbeline, “renamed and reclaimed” for Imogen, the king’s daughter who is the real heroine of the piece*.
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (Shakespeare’s Globe)
This was my first time in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, which is like a jewel-box – exquisitely painted and carved, and surprisingly small. The original indoor playhouse owned by the King’s Men, Blackfriars, was built inside the refectory of the old Blackfriars monastery, the place where the trial of Anne Boleyn was held, which just seems so odd. I wonder if they ever performed Henry VIII there.