Tag: Theatre: Adaptation


Theatre: As You Like It (2009)

Posted 21 April, 2016 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

Thea Sharrock’s irresistible 2009 production of Shakespeare’s popular romantic comedy stirs wit, sentiment, intrigue and love into a charming confection which challenges the traditional rules of romance. At its heart, a feisty but feminine Rosalind (Naomi Frederick), in love with the endearingly naïve Orlando (Jack Laskey), uses her disguise as Ganymede to counsel him playfully in the art of wooing. Distraction is provided by Dominic Rowan, a remarkably funny Touchstone, and Tim McMullan, whose sonorous tones are perfectly suited to the lugubrious wit of Jaques.

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One of the last plays that I’ve read last year (review) I thought it was quite a lovely one, sweet and ridiculous in all the right places. I’ve been excited to check out this stage adaptation of the play since it looks so wonderful 🙂

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Theatre: All’s Well That Ends Well (2011)

Posted 21 April, 2016 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

All’s Well That Ends Well centres on the tale of Helena’s quest to marry the man she loves, the rather unimpressed Bertram, who initially refuses her due to her lack of social standing. Aided by fellow conspirator Diana, Helena devises a fail-safe scheme to ensnare her man…

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I read the play last year (review) and suffice to say problematic is definitely a word used to describe it. Not to mention Bertram, the lead male, just irritated me the whole way through. Nonetheless I was curious to check out the 2011 stage adaptation from The Globe as the cast looks great (the clips I seen were pretty funny) and I thought perhaps watching it instead of reading it would offer some new insight to the story.

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Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing (2011)

Posted 6 April, 2015 by Lianne in Entertainment / 2 Comments

Claudio loves Hero and Hero Claudio and nothing seems capable of tearing them apart. Claudio’s friend Benedick loves Beatrice and Beatrice Benedick, but (because neither will admit it) nothing seems capable of bringing them together.

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I read the play last year (review) and while I had some issues with the main storyline of Hero/Claudio, I really enjoyed the banter between Beatrice and Benedick. After watching and really enjoying The Globe’s Twelfth Night (review) I was keen of watching more of their titles. I saw a clip for 2011’s Much Ado About Nothing and was sold; it looked like a lot of fun 🙂 Spoilers if you haven’t read/listened/seen the play!

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Theatre: Hamlet (2009)

Posted 26 March, 2015 by Lianne in Entertainment / 6 Comments

The RSC puts a modern spin on Shakespeare’s Hamlet in this filmed-for-television version of their stage production. The Prince of Denmark seeks vengeance after his father is murdered and his mother marries the murderer.

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So my review/thoughts of the play just went live earlier (review) so now we’re on to the RSC/BBC production of the play starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart *cackles* I knew of this years ago but I didn’t pick it up right away for a few reasons (one of which is explained behind the cut). Anyway, I’m pretty much gobbling up everything Shakespeare-related lately that I decided to pick it up at long last. Without further ado…Spoilers obviously if you haven’t read/listened/seen the play!

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Theatre: Twelfth Night (2012)

Posted 20 March, 2015 by Lianne in Entertainment / 2 Comments


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One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. Twelfth Night was ‘blissfully reborn’ (The Daily Telegraph) for the 2012/2013 season at the Globe Theatre, under the direction of Tim Carroll. the hilarious tale of misdirection and deception is performed here by an all-male cast, as it would have been in Shakespeare’s day, with Mark Rylance playing Olivia and Roger Lloyd Pack as the hapless Sir Andrew Aguecheek. The production also marks Stephen Fry’s triumphant return to the stage as the pompous Malvolio, ridiculous in his yellow stockings.

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You guys may have seen my post back in February (as well as on Instagram) where I was flailing over ordering a DVD of this play from the 2012/2013 season. I was utterly delighted to be able to get my hands on a DVD that’s region-free and that enables me to watch these productions performed in England. Twelfth Night (review) is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays and Mark Rylance’s performance as Olivia sold me to pick this up (as seen below).

Obviously the following post contains spoilers if you haven’t read/listened/seen the play 😉

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