Bear with me, gentle reader, as I try to do justice to the Almeida’s production of Hamlet. I am really, genuinely, not sure I have the words. A review where I told you everything and everyone was amazing would be truthful, but not particularly illuminating!
The flipside to my recent piece on forgeries is missing Shakespeare plays – rather than plays we have which we know aren’t Shakespeare, these are the plays we know are Shakespeare but which we don’t have.
Last weekend I re-watched In the Bleak Midwinter, and had an epiphany.
There are one or two fun things on the horizon.
I spotted a couple of Shakespeare-related things today. The first is exciting – the Maxine Peake production of Hamlet has apparently been filmed and will be released to cinemas in 2015 (see here for the full story). The fact that they filmed it after the show had finished probably just means they didn’t think of it earlier, but could mean a bit more originality in the direction/editing than they can normally manage with a filmed production.
The second is amusing – apparently there is a theory that Elizabeth I actually wrote Shakespeare’s plays. I am not generally a fan of authorship conspiracies (not least because so many seem to carry an undercurrent of snobbery – “Shakespeare couldn’t possibly have written the plays himself because he was relatively poor. This nobleman must have done it instead.”) But this one has tickled my funny-bone and I think someone (possibly me) should get on with turning it into a cracking novel…
Maybe the globe is a subtle reference to the playhouse, and not the international might of England after all…