Excellent!and definitely controversial! Nicholas Hytner's visionary interpretation of Act IV as a modern day Glastonbury has made Shakespeare relevant not only yesterday and today, but tomorrow as well! Great mixed age audience, and if you go see it, you'll know why. Wonderful performances from an eclectic cast. Superb interpretation of a versatile play.
Shame the old fogey who hurled his programme on stage and stormed out in disgust didn't appreciate that young blood is needed to keep theatre alive in the future. Superb! Go see it. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
20 Jun 01
Acting is good. However, the setting is confused. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
01 Jun 01
Loved it - go see. I had problems with the modern setting which didnt really quite work - it would have been much better set in an unidentifiable time I couldnt directly relate to - but that apart there are great performances - much pathos (I shed a tear), much humour (I laughed a lot) and never lost interst for a moment. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
28 May 01
A wonderful production of the best of the "difficult" plays. Alex Jennings' loose-limbed agony is convincing, and multiple awards should be conveyed to Deborah Findlay immediately. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
24 May 01
I thoroughly enjoyed this new production. For those who don't know the story it is an amalgamation of ideas from Othello, Much Ado and The Tempest I guess, with a happy ending (oops, spoiler!). The first act is pure tragedy, with Alex Jennings as Leontes transforming into the green-eyed monster in a spell-binding performance. His blameless wife, Hermione is played by the equally fabulous Claire Skinner, and her 'court room' speech (it's a modern production by the way) brought tears to my eyes.
The second act is much lighter, opening with, what was in this production, a kind of Glastonbury Sheep-Shearing Festival. Bang up-to-date music is performed by a live band and Phil Daniels, who at one point delivers a hilarious Shakespeare Rap. Those offended by tie-dyed shirts and foot-long spliffs should study their programmes at this point.
The acting is first class with not a single dodgy deliver in evidence, at last dispelling all traces in the memory of the recent RNT Romeo & Juliet. I never once felt like closing my eyes and listening (just for a few seconds, it's been such a long day at the office and Shakespeare is so boring...).
Highly Recommended. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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