It really was a terrible production, lots of clutter, lots of views of what was happening off stage. The actors appeared to think that shaking your body when you walked and pulling funny faces is all there is to comedy. It all fell apart just when it was supposed to step up a gear. - cherry Mosteshar
11 Nov 12
I haven't actually seen the play - it's the review I'm reviewing and it must be said that Ms Matthews' execrable offering above is simply an insult. Barely any actors mentioned and even the director doesn't get a look-in. What happened to Michael Coveney, or is he solely confined to London - because a good deal better he would be here. Tut tut tut. - Critic's Critic
09 Nov 12
Fantastic - Samantha
08 Nov 12
This was an excellent, fast moving production which changed my views about the play. - Neil Burns
06 Nov 12
Shakespeare chose not to use verse much, but his prose is infinitely rich. This performance relied on stage gimmicks; the words were either shouted or gabbled. Laughs in all the wrong places, not bringing out the subtlety of the text and the double entendres as explained on Jonathan Bates' excellent new edition. Only Falstaff and Mistress Quickly gave due weight to the words. The RSC should visit the Tobacco Factory in Bristol to see how Shakespeare ought to be produced.
- Richard Anthony Camp
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