Author: cometothepedlar

  • The Two Noble Kinsmen (Ketterer’s Men) @ The Shakespeare Institute (webstream)

    The Two Noble Kinsmen (Ketterer’s Men) @ The Shakespeare Institute (webstream)

    A mistake that productions of The Two Noble Kinsmen often make is rendering the titular kinsmen indistinguishable from one another. But for Ketterer’s Men*, the distinctions between Palamon (Curtis Dunn) and Arcite (Kelly Downes) were as important as the similarities. This production, by turns melancholic and hilarious in tone, suggested that, for all the play’s […]

  • Jubal (film)

    Jubal (film)

    What happens to Othello if Desdemona is actually trying to get into bed with Cassio? This is at the heart of Russell S. Hughes and director Delmer Daves’s screenplay for Jubal, a (very) loose appropriation of elements of Shakespeare’s play, mapped onto a classic Western structure. But by centering the story on the Cassio figure […]

  • Ten Percent, ‘Episode 3’ (television episode)

    Ten Percent, ‘Episode 3’ (television episode)

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  • The Tempest (ASC Theatre Camp) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    The Tempest (ASC Theatre Camp) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    Amid a packed weekend at the ASC, the Renaissance Season of the annual ASC Theatre Camp reached its climax with a lovely production of The Tempest. This session is devoted to the more experienced campers, who not only performed the show but directed it as an ensemble, cut the script, costumed and scored it, and […]

  • Twelfth Night (ASC) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    Twelfth Night (ASC) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    ‘The knight’s in admirable fooling’, remarked Meg Rodgers’s Feste, watching as Eli Lynn’s remarkable sprightly Sir Toby held court during their nighttime revels. But on the last night of Jenny Bennett’s production of Twelfth Night, this was true of everyone. This performance was a celebration, fueled by the exuberant responses of the ASC Theatre Camp […]

  • Richard III (RSC) @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    Richard III (RSC) @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    At the end of Gregory Doran’s Richard III, the conclusion to the RSC’s latest stab at the first tetralogy, the enormous tower that stood as backdrop to Stephen Brimson Lewis’s set was revealed to be a monument. As Nicholas Armfield’s Richmond announced the joining of the white and red roses, a wreath made up of […]

  • Trust Me, I’m a Doctor!; or Faites-Mois Confiance, Je suits Médecin!: Extracts (Edward’s Boys) @ The Shakespeare Institute

    Trust Me, I’m a Doctor!; or Faites-Mois Confiance, Je suits Médecin!: Extracts (Edward’s Boys) @ The Shakespeare Institute

    Edward’s Boys get to do the most fun stuff. Some fourteen years (the time it takes to pass through secondary school twice) since the company based at King Edward VI School started bringing productions of familiar and obscure early modern plays to a wider audience, they (under the stalwart leadership of Perry Mills) are now […]

  • King Lear @ Shakespeare’s Globe

    King Lear @ Shakespeare’s Globe

    In the programme and on the website for the Globe’s 2022 King Lear can be found a statement that most reviews have leapt upon, noting that director Helena Kaut-Howson, reuniting with Kathryn Hunter twenty-five years after they last collaborated on a production of King Lear, was in a car crash and missed the last two […]

  • Much Ado about Nothing @ Shakespeare’s Globe

    Much Ado about Nothing @ Shakespeare’s Globe

    Much of the pleasure of productions of Much Ado about Nothing comes from their reliance on the Chekhov’s Gun principle. If a garden sprinkler gets reeled out onto the artificial grass next to the audience – as it did in Lucy Bailey’s new Globe production, just before Beatrice’s overhearing scene – one can enjoy the […]

  • A Winter’s Tale (Scene Individible) @ The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

    A Winter’s Tale (Scene Individible) @ The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

    It’s perhaps inevitable that a company based in Stratford-upon-Avon – a town plagued with living statues – would end up producing a play with two of them. Scene Individible’s company-devised A Winter’s Tale, created in response to a brief to talk back to Shakespeare, took advantage of the paradoxes of living statues: the stillness that is only revealed […]