Friday, August 07, 2020

'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare

 7 August 2020

As part of ‘Culture in Quarantine’ the BBC has made available on iPlayer eight live recordings of Shakespeare productions, mainly from the Royal Shakespeare Company:  I’m fortunate to have seen most of these already, either on stage or in the cinema, and I would particularly recommend watching: Simon Godwin's production of 'Hamlet' starring the amazing Paapa Essiedu (reviewed here in April 2016); Polly Findlay's 'The Merchant of Venice' with Patsy Ferran as Portia (reviewed here in August 2015); and Erica Whyman’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with an incredibly young cast including Karen Fishwick as Juliet and Bally Gill as Romeo (reviewed here in May 2018). (All of these productions are available on iPlayer for the next 25 days.) Last weekend we watched the recording of Jeremy Herrin's production of ‘The Tempest’ from Shakespeare’s Globe in London. If you’ve never been to the Globe Theatre this recording gives you a good idea of what it is like to be inside this unique auditorium. Regular readers may remember that ‘The Tempest’ isn’t my favourite Shakespeare play but I was won over by Roger Allam’s commanding performance as Prospero. Allam has a wonderful deadpan comic voice, with the ability to turn a seemingly innocent line into comedy gold purely by the insertion of an unexpected pause. Jessie Buckley and Joshua James are great as the young lovers, Miranda and Ferdinand, but it’s worth watching this production for Roger Allam alone:

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