Having seen the rest of the current RSC season which is generally good - this is undoubtedly the gem (and it is the first production that I have ever granted five stars to, so I am not given to dishing out top marks!). An absolutely excellent production. Imaginatively directed with a wonderful cast. So uniformally excellent is it that it would be wrong to comment on individual performances save to say that the fact that Anton Lesser's smooth Iachimo, as sumptuous as butter on a hot muffin, does not stand out more is to the great credit of the cast. For me, I am not sure that Daniel Evans is my image of Postumus Leonatus, but he still turns in a fine performance. The saddest thing was the number of empty seats - while it is their loss, this cast deserves better. Surely they were not all at Titus in the main theatre which, on the night I saw it, truly stank. If you get the chance see this production - you won't regret it. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
16 Sep 03
Note to previous reviewer: if you expect the same kind of theatrical experience from "Hamlet" and "Cymbeline" you will inevitably be disappointed. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
04 Sep 03
I've sat through a full-length Hamlet, which just flew by. This is soooo long, and long-winded, and repetitive. The costumes are often bizarre, and at times ugly. There are moments of great enjoyment and inspiration, but the main reason I stayed the course was the acting of Anton Lesser, Emma Fielding and Aaron Neil.
- USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
28 Aug 03
Wipes the floor with the other Shakespeare shows in the 2003 season - the most successful production of this difficult play I've seen. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
21 Aug 03
"Cymbeline", for all its oddities, is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays. This inspired production is a joy - the comedy elements are played to the full, but there is no attempt to get cheap laughs by ridiculing the serious elements (an approach which ruined the recent Globe production). The costumes, with the Britons dressed in a mixture of tribal feathers and the cast-off fashions of their Roman overlords, were obviously inspired by paintings of 19th century Native Americans - a nice touch. There wasn't a single weak performance, and Emma Fielding and Anton Lesser were superb. In my opinion the best Shakespeare production of the season. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
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