“This risible production butchers the language, turns Juliet into a squawking, pampered princess and makes everyone dance to the Village People.” That is Michael Billington’s verdict on the production of Romeo and Juliet and the Globe in London. You can read his full review here.
Simon Russell Beale’s Prospero receives high praise in this review in the Guardian. The production is also notable for its use of digital technology.
The current production of Cymbeline at the Globe is a “reworking of Cymbeline, ‘renamed and reclaimed’ as Imogen and brought into the cold light of modern gangland Britain.” For the remainder of this Telegraph review, click here.
Glenda Jackson, after years away from the stage as a Member of Parliament, is set to play King Lear. See the story here.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1963 production of The War of the Roses is to be shown at the Barbican in London during January 2016. You can read all about it here.
Shakespeare’s Diary will soon pass two milestones: the 20,000th visitor and 70,000 views of the various posts!
If you are ever in Somerset and find yourself in need of a picturesque, historical pub that serves good food and some real ales, you might try the Lowtrow Cross Inn. It doesn’t quite date to Shakespeare’s time, but the name “Lowtrow” does have an association with the Battle of Agincourt which, of course, is central to Henry V. (The pub’s website gives all the details on that.)
It’s in the village of Upton, about 15 miles west of Taunton, and on the edge of Exmoor. In addition, the Inn is now offering Bed and Breakfast at £65 per night (bookings can be made through the Lowtrow link above). It’s a great place to stay.