Tag: Beaumont

  • A King and No King (Red Bull Theater) (live-stream)

    A King and No King (Red Bull Theater) (live-stream)

    While there have been no end of opportunities to watch Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream during lockdown, the plays of Shakespeare’s contemporaries have had rather shorter shrift. It’s a delight, then, that New York’s Red Bull Theater worked to bring together a stellar cast for a live reading of Beaumont and Fletcher’s incest drama A King and No King. […]

  • The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Cheek by Jowl) @ The Barbican Theatre

    The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Cheek by Jowl) @ The Barbican Theatre

    The Knight of the Burning Pestle opened exactly as one might imagine a Cheek by Jowl production to open. To eerie music, a group of stone-faced actors emerged from behind a central white block on a bare stage, each bringing a chair with them. The chairs were arranged in deliberately unpatterned positions around the stage, the […]

  • The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Read not Dead) @ Sackler Studios, Shakespeare’s Globe

    The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Read not Dead) @ Sackler Studios, Shakespeare’s Globe

    ‘Post-modern before the term was even invented’. So runs the blurb on Shakespeare’s Globe’s ‘Read not Dead‘ webpage, and it’s a fitting description of Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle. A failure when first performed, and an often difficult play in modern revival, the Read not Dead team here excelled themselves with an hysterically funny, theatrically literate […]

  • A King and No King (Willing Suspension) @ Boston University Student Theatre

    The annual Shakespeare Association of America conference is in Boston this year, a city I’ve never been to but which is thoroughly stunning, and a great backdrop to some very stimulating papers. Being in Boston also gave me the opportunity to see in person the Boston University students of Willing Suspension, a young theatre company devoted […]