Hamlet in Harold Pinter Theatre

When the Almeida Theatre's Hamlet, directed by Robert Icke, opened in February I didn't really register it. By the summer I had a vague idea that it was a hit and had had great reviews, but that's about it. One of my job perks is that there is, couple times a year, the odd free … Continue reading Hamlet in Harold Pinter Theatre

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Tonight at the opera: Shakespeare edition, vol. 1

As luck and coincidence would have it, I'm seeing two operas based on a Shakespeare play back to back this summer. This past Saturday, I went to Glyndebourne to see the Australian composer Brett Dean's Hamlet, and on Sunday, I'm seeing Verdi's Otello (yes, with That Tenor) at the Royal Opera. The Glyndebourne trip was … Continue reading Tonight at the opera: Shakespeare edition, vol. 1

Shakespeare Saturday: Antony and Cleopatra

All strange and terrible events are welcome, but comforts we despise. Antony and Cleopatra is another Roman play, a hard-to-pin-down, almost true history of the later years of the doomed affair between the Roman general Mark Antony, and Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt. The historical events it is based on lead directly to the … Continue reading Shakespeare Saturday: Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare Saturday: Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens is a tragicomic story of a wealthy, gregarious Athenian, who is a terrible judge of character. He loses all his earthly possessions through misplaced generosity, and consequently becomes a misanthropic, histrionic recluse. It is considered another problem play, with a particularly unsatisfying denouement and slightly unfinished feel to it - it has … Continue reading Shakespeare Saturday: Timon of Athens