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Taymor’s Tempest

Well, if you’re going to do Shakespeare on film, you might as well make it spectacular! Event.onDOMReady(function(){ object729651 = new FlashObject(“http://www.youtube.com/v/Q-HIf4VL-7I&fs=1&hl=en”,’object729651′,”425″,”350″); object729651.addParam(“wmode”,”transparent”); object729651.align = “left”; object729651.write(“video_729651”); }); Good use of Sigur Ros too!

A Tempest (Krazy Kat Theatre) @ Warwick Arts Centre Studio

There’s a bit of a gap in Shakespearean performance criticism. Despite the quality and inventiveness of theatre for children all around the country, it falls beneath the notice of most reviewers, with the implication that it is considered not to be of substantial intellectual or creative merit. This is an enormous shame, as a viewing …

The Tempest in Adaptation @ The CAPITAL Centre Studio

Writing about web page http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/pagestage/ Shakespeare Page-to-Stage-to-Page is a specialist module for English undergraduate finalists, concerned with Shakespearean performance and with a particular concern for adaptation and reviewing. As part of the class, the students work on a practical project, highlights of which opened the CAPITAL Centre’s New Work Festival today. The small audience were …

The Tempest (Baxter Theatre Centre) @ The Courtyard Theatre

Writing about web page http://www.rsc.org.uk/whatson/6941.aspx When the Complete Works Festival finished, we were promised that it would be an "engine of change" at the RSC, ushering in home and international collaborations and more new work. However, after a couple of months, the RSC was taken over by the Histories and then the last summer season …

Mirren and Brand

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblog/2008/oct/06/russell.brand.tempest.helen.mirren I can get on board with Russell Brand playing Trinculo in a new film version of The Tempest. In many ways I think he might actually be a revelation in the role, though equally he might unbalance the film. Still, one to keep an eye on. But who is Helen …

The Tempest (Warwick Students’ Art Festival) @ University of Warwick Piazza

This pared-down version of The Tempest was the first of two Shakespeare production in the 2008 Warwick Student Arts Festival. Its novel setting, in the mock classical amphitheatre of the University of Warwick’s Piazza, combined with a sunny Monday afternoon to create a festive atmosphere for what was essentially an exhibition piece, Shakespeare for Shakespeare’s …

Antony Sher and John Kani in The Tempest

Hugely exciting press release from the RSC today! For those who don’t have time to follow links, the RSC are collaborating with the Baxter Theatre company on a new production of The Tempest starring Anthony Sher as Prospero and John Kani as Caliban. It’s opening at the Baxter’s home in South Africa then transferring to …

I’ll be the Devil (RSC) @ the Tricycle Theatre

I’m still due to write something less ‘highlighty’ about the Histories, but time has overtaken me. Yesterday, I made my first trip of the new year down to London for I’ll be the Devil, a new RSC commission by Leo Butler. I reviewed the original rehearsed reading of the production back in November 2006, when …

Before the Bardathon

As we enter the final week of my year-long project, I’m going to be posting a few retrospective entries in addition to the final couple of reviews. First up, I thought for interest I’d mention my PREVIOUS Shakespeare theatre-going. I haven’t been attending the theatre as long as many people think. Being a Northerner born-and-bred, …

The Tempest (RSC) @ The Novello Theatre

I’ve been very unfair to this production of ‘The Tempest’. I’ve seen it twice before, but the first time I was distracted for personal reasons, and the second we were severely late, so I’ve never been in a position to sit down and simply enjoy it. Last night remedied that, in an evening that made …