The Winter’s Tale (2)

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Barbican – Silk Street Theatre

A WINTER’S TALE

Photo by Johan Persson

This production was by Cheek by Jowl, a company known for the strength of their ensemble casts*, their international tours (and producing plays in a number of languages) and for their production of The Winter’s Tale which has been on in St Petersburg for 20 years. This is not that production.

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Imogen (Cymbeline reclaimed)

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Globe Theatre

 

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*.

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Much Ado About Nothing

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Iris Theatre – St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden

I’m not going to tell you the plot again – you should all jolly well be up to speed by now (links) – and you also shouldn’t need me to tell you what Iris is about either. It was a good night for it – warm enough to make the Pimm’s feel like a good idea, not quite as hot and sweaty as Richard III.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Folger Theatre, Washington DC

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Well, this was my first taste of transatlantic theatre – a short* trip to Washington and New York coinciding with the Folger’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’ve written before about the Folger library – well, it has attached a small theatre, based on the Globe (or possibly the Rose) but indoors and with MUCH more comfortable seating. And it was here that I saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream – not my favourite Shakespeare play, but one I know reasonably well.

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