We should be pleased when the mask slips and backbiting begins
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Friday 08 April 2011
Fresh out of Rada, Joshua McGuire, 23, didn't expect to land the role of Hamlet on the Globe's UK and European tour so fast. The small-scale production, directed by the Globe's artistic director Dominic Dromgoole, uses an Elizabethan-style booth stage. The production will also launch the Globe's summer season on Shakespeare's birthday, 23 April. It concludes its tour at Denmark's Kronborg Castle, in Elsinore, where Shakespeare's Hamlet is set.
Sunday 03 April 2011
Saturday 02 April 2011
Album: Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuelatchaikovsy: Shakespeare (Deutsche Grammophon)
Friday 04 March 2011
Gustavo Dudamel's previous recording of Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony and "Francesca da Rimini" demonstrated the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela's aptitude for the composer, which is confirmed with this trio of "Fantasies" inspired by Shakespeare plays. There's a spookily brooding Symphonic Fantasy based on The Tempest, while the company's youthful cast brings a suitably enthused spirit to the Fantasy Overture, based on Romeo and Juliet. But it's the Fantasy Overture based on Hamlet that most impresses here: the prince's tortured soul clearly offers fertile parallels with Tchaik-ovsky's own troubled temperament.
Tuesday 15 February 2011
Wednesday 09 February 2011
Sir Christopher Lee will receive the prestigious Bafta Fellowship at the academy's film awards on Sunday. In a career as varied as it is long, the 88-year-old is still probably best remembered for his title role in the 1958 film Dracula, one of many Hammer Horror films in which he starred.
Double Falsehood, Union Theatre, London<br/>Becky Shaw, Almeida Theatre, London<br/>Little Platoons, Bush Theatre, London
Sunday 30 January 2011
Friday 28 January 2011
Film: My favourite cinema is the Arclight Hollywood. I saw a double bill there recently: Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere', followed by 'The Fighter'. I found 'Somewhere' slight in comparison. But I'd stayed at the Chateau Marmont and I was curious to see 'Somewhere'. I'd always thought it would be fun to capture that hotel, as it holds a special place in my LA life. 'Blue Valentine' was very painful to watch and it doesn't change your life. 'The King's Speech' lets you right in. The director told a true and simple story, very beautifully.
Friday 28 January 2011
The celebrations of the Terence Rattigan centenary won't throw up anything more enjoyably peculiar and intriguing than this novelty with which they now kick off. Less Than Kind is the hitherto unperformed original version of Rattigan's 1944 hit play Love in Idleness. A contemporary reworking of the basic situation in Hamlet, it centres on Michael Brown, an idealistic 17-year-old who returns from wartime evacuation in Canada only to find that his widowed mother is living in sin with the Claudius-figure, Sir John Fletcher, multi-millionaire right-wing industrialist and the embodiment of everything Michael passionately loathes.
Wednesday 05 January 2011
If the close of every great sports event brings inevitable regrets, along with the glory, sometimes the pathos level runs especially high. This has surely been true at the Sydney Cricket Ground these last few days. Indeed, it has been easy to remember that the end of a fine, taut golf tournament amid the haunting beauty of Pebble Beach was once described as a "little death".
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