Shipwrecked twins are lost among love-sick aristocrats, unruly servants, mischievous pleasure seekers, clowns, and a puritan. With music as the bittersweet "food of love," all converge and conspire in this comic journey.
After the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey, his secretary, Thomas Cromwell, finds himself amongst the treachery and intrigue of King Henry VIII's court and soon becomes a close advisor to the King, a role fraught with danger.
A broadcast on BBC4 of Shakespeare's Richard II live from the Globe Theatre, London.
This is my favourite Shakespeare play and the first that I saw at the Globe theatre. It was an 'original practices production' with an all-male cast. I feel very lucky that I was able to record this from the TV as it is not available for purchase. A CD is available from the Globe shop featuring music and words form this production, however.
Mark Rylance was wonderful as Richard II. Richard is my favourite Shakespeare character as I love to witness his growth throughout the play which Mark Rylance performed very well. I felt that this production was a little unsympathetic to Richard at the start, though I am sure most would disagree with me; I have a tendency to think him better than he is. However, it was necessary to show his growth throughout the play. Richard makes a poor King, yet as a man he has good qualities and the play explores this division. This production enables us to see this with the intimacy between him and his wife as well as the loyalty of Aumerle.
Though the production was not exactly as I had imagined from reading it (I imagined more pathos in scenes where humour dominated as in his 'little grave' speech), it was thoroughly enjoyable and has been recognised by many for its quality. It featured my favourite living actor, Mark Rylance, and the beautifully spoken and handsome Liam Brennan as Henry Bollingbroke. I love to see these two teamed up as they were in my favourite production ever, Twelfth Night, performed at the Globe.
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