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13 July 2012 @ 02:23 pm
Back from that undiscover'd country from whose bourne no traveller returns.  
In a moment of philosophical pondering on years past on Livejournal, I fondly remembered the days when this community (by far one of my favourites) used to be active. I came here to realise that it's been FOUR YEARS since someone last posted on here.

THIS WILL NOT DO. I refuse to let this community fall into oblivion like so many other good LJ communities (and LJ as a whole, for that matter), so here I am unearthing it with a random "what's on" post. Especially because I think this year is an intriguing season.

So, let's begin. Earlier this year my love for the Bard and languages was completely satisfied by the Globe to Globe festival. I even volunteered as an ambassador for Julius Caesar in Italian, which really was just an excuse to stun my unlucky interlocutor with overenthusiastic and incoherent babbling on the Globe. Sadly, I only managed to see three productions out of the festival - Julius Caesar in Italian as mentioned, Richard II in Palestinian Arabic and The Merchant in Venice in Hebrew. Leaving Julius Caesar out (Italian it's my first language), I was totally shocked at how easy it got to follow and appreciate the performance after a while, even though I couldn't speak any of those languages at all. And let me say, Richard II was probably the best production of the play I've EVER seen, I was almost in tears. As for the 'regular' season, I have tickets for Richard III and Twelth Night, and I'll soon book tickets for Henry V.

Did anyone manage to go to any Globe to Globe production, or to watch it from overseas? Any show from the rest of the season in the diary? Thoughts? Criticism? Random Shakespearean squee?
Current Mood: hungryhungry
Sarah: Twelfth Night kissmorganmuffle on July 13th, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
I absolutely loved the Globe to Globe season, I saw 10 plays (though that does include Henry V on that last weekend) and enjoyed all of them- LOVED most of them. I think my favourite might actually have been Venus & Adonis which was in 6 different South African languages but I also loved the Hip Hop Othello and The Taming of the Shrew in Urdu.

And now we have a whole new Globe season with Mark Rylance's return which still feels quite surreal- I'm seeing Richard III tomorrow and I'm very excited. Twelfth Night I'm fascinated to see because this production was actually the first thing I ever saw at the Globe all those years ago *points at icon* so I'll miss the old cast but I'm excited for the new one too.

I just wish we could have G2G every year!
Silvia: red//baloonssilviarambles on July 15th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
I wanted to go to the Hip Hop Othello, but didn't make it in the end! If they ever release a dvd of some sort, I'll be there to buy it as soon as it comes out. Amazing, amazing project.

I'm really curious to see him on the Globe stage again. How was Richard III? I'm going on Wednesday!
Sarah: Eowynmorganmuffle on July 15th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
He was fantastic- it was strangely like he'd never been away especially with Liam Brennan there by his side. His Richard is a real actor and his mood turns very suddenly. He got a bow all to himself (though he seemed really not to want it) and it was very deserved.

The whole cast is great though- watch how James Garnon floats across the stage as the Duchess of York and Samuel Barnett & Johnny Flynn are great additions to the Globe casts.

I'll try and write more thoughts later- I hope you enjoy it!