Rsc 2013 Season
Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:36 PM
Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:35 PM
Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:04 PM
Quite. Stratford don't appear to be able to win. If they plaster in big letters "dramaturge-led re-interpretation" people whine that it's "radical", if they keep quiet about the intentions until opening night people whine that they wouldn't have booked had they known. If they do nothing but dutiful productions for GCSE students they're accused of being an upmarket D'Oyly Carte, if they shake things up a bit their audience start spotting communists under the bed (*). Perhaps they ought to give each production a risk rating (the units of measure could be, oh, there has to be a joke in there somewhere) to indicate how likely it is that you're going to get upset.
(*) I still haven't quite got over the elderly old buffer, probably now long dead, who was so outraged by the production in the Swan of Bond's "Restoration" that he started ranting in the interval about how the director, writer cast and probably the girls selling the ice cream should be arrested for treason. Restoration made the not entirely unreasonable point that Argentinian mothers love their children too, five years after the Falklands War. Simon Russell Beale and Joe Melia --- whom I see died recently --- if I recall correctly. Excellent.
Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:22 PM
Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:40 PM
They do have a problem in that a section of the audience seems to want "traditional" productions which seems to mean doublet and hose all round. Not sure if this is RSC regulars (who probably are pretty aware of what to expect and read the pre-publicity) or tourists who just book for whatever is on when they are visiting Stratford.
Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:05 PM
As I think I've said before, I once heard a guide apologising to a group of American tourists about the poor production they'd seen, which wasn't as good as they get at home and wasn't how it "should" be done.
This was the Mendes/Beale Richard III in TOP. Hmm.
Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:03 PM
Charlotte Cornwall: Gertrude
Greg Hicks: Claudius
Pippa Nixon: Ophelia
I am already looking forward to seeing Pippa Nixon in As You Like It after seeing King John and Richard III, so this is good news for me
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