Okay, I’ve been on a massive Shakespeare kick…thing…lately. There was of course the other histories that I finally got around to last month via audiobooks (see tag) and more recenty I finally got around to watching my DVD of Twelfth Night (review) performed at the Globe in 2012 (flailings to follow on the 20th; darn these scheduled posts of late 😛 ). Suffice to say, I really loved it 🙂
This was from when the play was performed as Broadway; the DVD is from when it was performed at the Globe
The latter launched me into scouring over various Shakespeare productions on YouTube and reading up reviews from other recent-ish performances at the Globe and other major companies in the UK :3 I’m now keen to pick up Much Ado About Nothing (review) from the 2011 run at the Globe, it looks like a lot of fun. Beatrice is played by Eve Best and Benedick is played by Charles Edwards (hello there, Downton Abbey‘s Gregson! I didn’t realise it was you until someone pointed it out on Tumblr or thereabouts):
I also want to check out the version starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate that was performed at the same time, but I wish there was a physical DVD for it. There’s the online purchase but I have yet to figure out how it works. Love their chemistry from Doctor Who, and it looks like it works great in Much Ado About Nothing too (I love his delivery of “What, my dear lady disdain, are you still living?” Haha!) 🙂
Anyway, off the top of my head, other adapations that I’ve seen over the years:
- Romeo and Juliet, both the 1968 and 1996 adaptations (1968 wins out, have a soft spot for it, but 1994 was a very interesting take on the story. I would have checked out the recent one (the 2013 one with Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld because they actually filmed it at Mantova, but my love of the place is not enough to check it out, sorry)
- Oh, and I suppose I should include that field trip we had back in second year of high school when my English class travelled to Straford (Ontario, not England *le sigh*) to see a performance of Romeo and Juliet (we studied Twelfth Night that year, but it was good to watch in preparation to studying it the following year).
- Hamlet, the 2000 version with Ethan Hawke and Julia Stiles. Again, interesting take, though it was pretty quiet as I recall. Saw bits of the…2009 version?…with David Tennant but have yet to see the whole production. Also wish there was a DVD of the production with John Simm (dunno the year, but Michelle Dockery I think played Ophelia), I saw a clip of his rendition of Hamlet’s speech and it looked just as interesting.
- Much Ado About Nothing, the 1993 version with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. Love the setting, but I, err, focused on the scenes between Benedick and Beatrice more than anything else, really :3
- OMG, how hard is it to track a DVD copy of 1996’s Twelfth Night?! Love the cast, thought the setting was unique, <3 it all
- 2004’s The Merchant of Venice. Another great cast, but I remember feeling a bit disappointed at the rendition of my favourite speech (Shylock’s speech; dunno if I mentioned here before why that was my favourite monologue from this play, but anyway, been meaning to revisit the play as a whole anyhow)
- I’ve seen clips from the Shakespeare Re-Told series that was done sometime in the 2000s which was pretty interesting
- 10 Things I Hate About You–Not a theatre production or classical adaptation per se but I feel I need mention this here anyway 😉
- Edit: OMG guys, how did I forget The Hollow Crown?! (Richard II; Henry IV; Henry V)
I know we’ve discussed it here and there in the past year about other adaptations and productions, but I’m throwing out the question to your guys: Which adaptations and stage productions have you seen? Which one was your favourite? Any you’d recommend? (if there’s a DVD for it)