The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1742  Friday, 17 September 2004

From:           Charles Weinstein <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 16 Sep 2004 19:00:31 -0400
Subject:        Rimshots: The Simon Russell Beale-Emma Fielding Macbeth

Beale is a eunuch and Fielding a bore:  not the most incandescent of
couples.  True, it should be fun to watch the obese Beale tackle the
soliloquies.  "Is this a cruller that I see before me?"  But with his
comic ghoulishness and effete superciliousness he should really be
playing Hecate.  Which will be more incredible:  Beale as a warrior or
Beale as a husband?  (Beale as a tragedian).  Can one cleanse his
stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff that weighs upon the heart?  Try
stomach-stapling.  As for Fielding:  Why ask to be unsexed when one
already is?  Can skim milk be taken for gall?  "I have given suck...."
Yes, and she's sucked pretty often herself.  Let's hope she dresses
vividly; otherwise one might mistake her for scenery.  Is that Birnam
Wood coming to Dunsinane?  No, it's just Fielding crossing the stage.
What is 10?  Fielding standing next to Beale.  What is 0/1?  Beale after
he's o'erleaped himself and fallen on the other.  Beale embracing
Fielding:  a soldier and a beard.  "Bring forth men children only!"
How, by parthenogenesis?  Bellona's Chaperone and his Dearest Partner in
Dullness:  that ought to inspire pity and terror--pity at the state of
British classical acting and terror that one may never see a decent
production of Macbeth again.

--Charles Weinstein

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