There's so much I wanted to say about the new RSC Richard II, I thought a blog post was appropriate - I won't fit it all into 140 characters on Twitter!
who's ever discussed Shakespeare with me will know Richard II is my
favourite Shakespeare play. It knocked Hamlet off the top spot ten years
ago (good god, where has the time gone!?) when I first saw the Globe
production with Mark Rylance in the title role. I loved it (and Mark) so
much I went back and saw it several times during the season. The play
became my favourite and I thought no one could ever play the role so
well as Mark Rylance. I still adore that version even now, but I must
admit that the new RSC version has proven that I can love another
version - if not more then definitely as much!
start about this production? It's simply perfect. The music is sublime,
the staging a revelation and the performances stunning. They didn't go
for as many laughs as the Globe production, but when they did those
moments worked well. The more sombre scenes were beautifully played and I
shed more than one tear before the end.
they are working with amazing text - Shakespeare's only play written
entirely in verse yields some wonderful lines and speeches - but the
cast injected a real freshness to them. Previously, I've always found
myself remembering the Globe version when hearing the lines, but this
cast made them their own.
If I weren't busy
tomorrow (and a little short of cash), I'd go to see the second
screening as it completely blew me away. I will be keeping an eager eye
out on Amazon since I heard it will also be released on DVD later. I
could watch this over and over and never get bored.
"Discharge my followers: let them hence away,
From Richard's night to Bolingbroke's fair day."