The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1416 Wednesday, 9 July 2003
Date: Wednesday, 09 Jul 2003 09:02:19 +0000
Subject: Hammering It Out
Dickies both (male II and female III) at the London Globe. First, the
blokes. Mark Rylance continues to work the fiver stinkards to a fever
pitch of adulation with a comedic approach to the audience that
out-Forsyths that of Bruce Forsyth and brings to mind the similar
capabilities of Tommy Cooper, Eric Morecambe and Norman Wisdom. Tarlton
and Kempe too must have supped from the same source. Timing, appearance,
the unexpected fracture of a line, a fleeting expression - who knows. Oh
that it could be bottled! His giggling visit to Gaunt with a hankie over
his face to avoid catching death's ague gave the cruel edge upon which
humour best balances. Richard's frailties and insights were well caught.
The super jig at the end had the house roaring to the welkin. Parliament
could spend its time better by legislating for this ending to
Shakespeare's plays to be compulsory.
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