Well, a bit of a storm blew up this weekend when it emerged that Shakespeare in the Park, a venerable New York institution which has been putting on productions in Central Park since the 1950s, is this year staging Julius Caesar in modern dress with a titular character who is blonde, has an eastern European wife, and (no spoiler to anyone who knows the play) get assassinated.
It’s been a busy time in the theatre world…
Holinshed and the Histories
Almost all of Shakespeare’s histories have their origins in Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland.
This was a huge amount of rollicking good fun that (despite the casting of a female Malvolia) didn’t try to make Twelfth Night carry anything more than the tale set down by Shakespeare and do it as well as possible.
Aguecheek and Belch. Photo by Marc Brenner.
Barbican – Silk Street Theatre
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.
Just a quick. Stop press – in case you hadn’t heard – the Antiques Roadshow* has managed to unearth a stunning little manuscript, written in the 17th century, which includes quotes and some analysis on (as the title page has it) “Shakespeare’s Comedies and Tragedies”**.
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!