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SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS WE HAVE SEEN (Maybe Spoilers here)

I thought it might be interesting to list some of the theatrical productions we have seen between us in recent years and which we liked the most (including any seen or participated in at school and/or college):

I saw an open air production of Macbeth in Regent's Park several years ago but somehow an open air venue didn't seem 'dark' enough or perhaps I was too used to seeing Midsummer Night's Dream there. The production was quite faithful to an Elizabethan one in that it had few props but the players were in modern battledress and there was an IRA inference. Lady Macbeth was very 'tarty'. This was a performance without an interval after the killing of McDuffs wife and children and I found it maintained the momentum of the play better. The final Act took place at dusk which gave Macbeth's death scene a very eerie and sinister feeling. As I walked through the park to the tube afterwards I felt quite scared!

I last saw Macbeth on stage at the Royal Court Theatre in London in the 90s with Derek Jacobi playing Macbeth. It is a small theatre and the totally black set meant that all the scenes with blood showed up very well and Lady Macbeth's entrance in a long bright red dress was startling. The men wore a medieval type armour which shone against the blackness. Derek Jacobi's death took place on stage (which Elizabethan audiences would not have liked) and was staged like a suicide - with the final self inflicted blow as he said 'Hold enough!' It was a very powerful ending but the head was not displayed by Macduff onstage, which paid homage to Elizabethan sensibilities if not to our more violence inured audiences.
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Choisya wrote:
"I last saw Macbeth on stage at the Royal Court Theatre in London in the 90s with Derek Jacobi playing Macbeth. It is a small theatre and the totally black set meant that all the scenes with blood showed up very well and Lady Macbeth's entrance in a long bright red dress was startling. The men wore a medieval type armour which shone against the blackness. Derek Jacobi's death took place on stage (which Elizabethan audiences would not have liked) and was staged like a suicide - with the final self inflicted blow as he said 'Hold enough!' It was a very powerful ending but the head was not displayed by Macduff onstage, which paid homage to Elizabethan sensibilities if not to our more violence inured audiences."

I would love to have seen that! I haven't seen many "real" productions of Shakespeare. I did see one of the comedies at Stratford, but I don't even remember now which it was.

In August I plan to go to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, which is close to the California border. I blew all my entertainment money on tickets for

The Tempest

The Taming of the Shrew

As you Like It

and

Romeo and Juliet

as well as

Tartuffe

On the Razzle

and

Gem of the Ocean.

On the way home I plan to stop in Seattle long enough to see The Flying Dutchman. Then I plan to collapse for three months or so.
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Re: SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS WE HAVE SEEN (Maybe Spoilers here)

What a great selection Laurel - well worth the collapse.:smileyhappy:



I would love to have seen that! I haven't seen many "real" productions of Shakespeare. I did see one of the comedies at Stratford, but I don't even remember now which it was.

In August I plan to go to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, which is close to the California border. I blew all my entertainment money on tickets for

The Tempest

The Taming of the Shrew

As you Like It

and

Romeo and Juliet

as well as

Tartuffe

On the Razzle

and

Gem of the Ocean.

On the way home I plan to stop in Seattle long enough to see The Flying Dutchman. Then I plan to collapse for three months or so.

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Laurel wrote:
Choisya wrote:
"I last saw Macbeth on stage at the Royal Court Theatre in London in the 90s with Derek Jacobi playing Macbeth. It is a small theatre and the totally black set meant that all the scenes with blood showed up very well and Lady Macbeth's entrance in a long bright red dress was startling. The men wore a medieval type armour which shone against the blackness. Derek Jacobi's death took place on stage (which Elizabethan audiences would not have liked) and was staged like a suicide - with the final self inflicted blow as he said 'Hold enough!' It was a very powerful ending but the head was not displayed by Macduff onstage, which paid homage to Elizabethan sensibilities if not to our more violence inured audiences."

I would love to have seen that! I haven't seen many "real" productions of Shakespeare. I did see one of the comedies at Stratford, but I don't even remember now which it was.

In August I plan to go to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, which is close to the California border. I blew all my entertainment money on tickets for

The Tempest

The Taming of the Shrew

As you Like It

and

Romeo and Juliet

as well as

Tartuffe

On the Razzle

and

Gem of the Ocean.

On the way home I plan to stop in Seattle long enough to see The Flying Dutchman. Then I plan to collapse for three months or so.




Oh, Laurel, do let us know how you liked those productions at Ashland when you come back!
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Laurel wrote:
In August I plan to go to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, which is close to the California border.

My mother in law used to go to Ashland every year with a group of friends until she couldn't handle the travel any longer. I keep thinking I should go sometime, but I have trouble traveling, so I never seem to get around to it.
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