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NY Times Review of London Richard II, Henry V,
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1352  Wednesday, 2 July 2003

From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Tuesday, 01 Jul 2003 16:54:19 -0400
Subject:        NY Times Review of London Richard II, Henry V, and Other Plays

London Stage Enlists Old Rulers to Make Sport of the Current Crop
By BEN BRANTLEY

LONDON  They are bonkers, these gentlemen who rule the world. Or if
they're not crazy, they're sappy and passive, or corrupt and conniving,
or just plain unsure. After all, as one of them puts it, a king "is but
a man."

Three English kings (one Henry, two Richards), a Roman emperor
(Caligula) and a president who can't always remember what country he
governs but knows his name is George Dubya: they've all been scheming
and flailing their way through what is turning into an exceptionally
lively theater season here. In terms of immediate relevance, these
anxious heads of state embodied with exposed warts and nerves by
magnetic stars like Adrian Lester, Michael Sheen and Mark Rylance
could not have picked a better moment to set up camp. Confidence in
those who govern is shaky in Britain after the war with Iraq.
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/01/arts/theater/01LOND.html?8hpib

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