Jude Law in Henry V

Well, write this one on the calendar. I saw a production of Henry V that I didn’t like. This makes me incredibly sad for a lot of reasons, but most of all because it’s my favorite play and I desperately want to love it every time I see it. And I tried, I really tried.  It’s even ...

Coriolanus: Adventures in Aggressive Furniture Arranging

Back from Coriolanus. All I can think right now: DRAMATIC MUSIC CUE! QUICK, REARRANGE THE FURNITURE. Okay I’m sorry. I know. I KNOW. It’s a very serious play. And it is. There is a definite non-zero quantity of fake blood that gets used, to great effect. But goddammit people, I’m only human. First off: these tickets ...

Muse of Fire (Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Bard) 4

Thanks to the wonders of magical, lying VPN services, I got to sneak in a watch of Muse of Fire [Warning, video begins to automatically play on the site, SHAME ON YOU DAN AND GILES.] on the BBC iPlayer. I really wanted to watch this slim little documentary because I was in on interviewing Dan Poole for The ...

Much Ado About Nothing

Joss Whedon really has managed to find himself the only love gods. That movie is fantastic. If you like Shakespeare at all, hell if you like Joss Whedon at all, you should go see it. And it’s definitely a Joss Whedon movie, for all that it doesn’t contain the patented Whedon snarky dialog. (It’s not ...

This is the part where you get to be even more jealous of me: Stratford (and Newark Park House) 2

This is the part where you get to be even more jealous of me: Stratford (and Newark Park House)
Yes. Not only am I surrounded by delicious biscuits and all the milky tea I can drink, yesterday I went to Stratford. And saw the Royal Shakespeare Company perform Hamlet. (And also went to Shakespeare’s birthplace, which was cool too.) Then today I went to the Newark Park House, which is just ridiculously beautiful. Ready ...

The Hollow Crown 4: Henry V 1

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, Straining upon the start. This. The Saturday I’ve been waiting for! Favorite play ever, favorite actor ever, go! Rather than start this review with seven pages of frantic keysmashing, allow me to just say: Fuck yeah. With bells on. There was everything to love about the ...

The Hollow Crown 3: Henry IV Part 2

Finally got to watch this, and not a moment to soon! Darn field work for standing between me and Shakespeare anyway. It’s okay, baby, I’m here for you now. I’ll never let them tear us apart again. Henry IV Part 2 starts off with scene 1 and 2 being intercut again, as it was in Part ...

The Hollow Crown 2: Henry IV Part 1

Henry IV part 1 today. Hilariously enough it was delayed by an hour because of Wimbledon. A tennis delay seems like something that would be so much more appropriate to Henry V… …not that I’m in any way asking for a tennis delay by the time we get to that play. I might implode. I don’t ...

The Hollow Crown 1: Richard II

I have been in a state of nerd DEFCON 2 all year, I swear. 2012 is starting to feel like the apology for the (other than Thor) rather thin offerings of things that to watch in 2011. But I haven’t just been vibrating with barely controlled glee over the various extravaganzas of shit blowing up ...