Macbeth

Macbeth
Director: Polly Findlay
Writer: William Shakespeare
Cast: Christopher Eccleston, Niamh Cusack, Luke Newberry, Raphael Sowole, Edward Bennett, David Acton, Mariam Haque
Seen on: 11.4.2018
[Here are my reviews of other takes on Macbeth.]

Plot:
Macbeth (Christopher Eccleston) and Banquo (Raphael Sowole) just fought successfully for King Duncan (David Acton) and are finally on their way home. In the woods, they meet three witches who predict, among other things, that Macbeth will become King. Spurred on by that prophecy and uncontent to just wait for it to come true, Macbeth and his wife (Niamh Cusack) hatch the plan to help things along when Duncan comes to visit. But murder comes with moral consequences – and it might not be the only thing necessary to make Macbeth King.

This take on Macbeth is interesting and mostly well done, but it doesn’t work in all regards, ultimately turning out weaker than I had hoped and expected from Findlay.

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Love’s Labour’s Won

Love’s Labour’s Won aka Much Ado About Nothing
Director: Christopher Luscombe
Writer: William Shakespeare
“Sequel” to: Love’s Labour’s Lost
Cast: Edward Bennett, Michelle Terry, Sam Alexander, William Belchambers, Tunji Kasim, Leah Whitaker, Frances McNamee, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, John Hodgkinson, Peter McGovern, Nick Haverson, Emma Manton, Chris McCalphy, David Horovitch, Jamie Newall, Thomas Wheatley, Roderick Smith
Seen on: 04.03.2015

Plot:
Benedick (Edward Bennett) and Claudio (Tunji Kasim) with their superior Don Pedro (John Hodgkinson) just returned from the war. They come to Leonato’s (David Horowitch) where they wish to stay for a while. Claudio immediately falls in love again with Leonato’s daughter Hero (Flora Spencer-Longhurst) while Benedick and Leonato’s niece Beatrice (Michelle Terry) fight as much as they’re able to. Pedro wants to see everybody end up together, while Pedro’s half-brother John (Sam Alexander) does his best to sabotage everything.

I really enjoyed Love’s Labour’s Won. Luscombe proved once again his sense for the comedic, the cast is great and everything fits perfectly together.

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Love’s Labour’s Lost

Love’s Labour’s Lost
Director: Christopher Luscombe
Writer: William Shakespeare
Cast: Sam Alexander, Edward Bennett, William Belchambers, Tunji Kasim, Michelle Terry,  Leah Whitaker, Frances McNamee, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, John Hodgkinson, Peter McGovern, Nick Haverson, Emma Manton, Chris McCalphy, David Horovitch, Jamie Newall, Thomas Wheatley, Roderick Smith
Seen on: 11.2.2015

Plot:
King Ferdinand (Sam Alexander) and his entourage Berowne (Edward Bennett), Longaville (William Belchambers) and Dumaine (Tunji Kasim) have decided to devote their time entirely to studying and to foreswear all women (Berowne only with reluctance, though). So it is of course now that the Princess of France (Leah Whitaker) arrives with her handmaidens Rosaline (Michelle Terry), Maria (Frances McNamee) and Katharine (Flora Spencer-Longhurst). Soon all of the men find their vows of abstinence tested – and very much lacking.

I didn’t know Love’s Labour’s Lost before seeing the RSC production – and I can’t imagine a better way to get introduced to this play than this wonderful production that reminded me of how funny Shakespeare actually can be. I immediately fell in love with it.

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