The Roughly Chronologoical Reread Week 6: Richard III

*week 6 of the (roughly) chronological read-through of the complete #Shakespeare: Richard III. …

The Scenic Route

Date:  1592 – 1594. I’ve seen suggestions that it pre-dates Titus Andronicus and The Comedy of Errors, but I find it hard to believe that a writer could experience such a pronounced backslide.

First read: Leon Garfield’s abridged version around 1992, then the full version in the early 2000s.

 

Productions seen: Shakespeare: The Animated Tales in the 90s, two or three student productions at the Fringe, Brite Theatre’s excellent Richard III: A One-Woman Show (which is coming back to the Scottish Storytelling Centre next month and you should absolutely go and see it), and most recently the Almeida’s production starring Ralph Fiennes.

 

Productions worked on: None. Which sucks. I’d love to get my teeth into this one.

 

Edition I’m using:  The Oxford Shakespeare.

(Image to follow)

 

Observations:

 

  • It should go without saying that this is a cracker of an opening speech, but…

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The Roughly Chronological Re-Read Week 5: Titus Andronicus

*the (Roughly) chronological #Shakespeare read-through, wk. 5—the disturbing oddity that is Titus Andronicus. …

The Scenic Route

Date:  Some time between 1588 and 1593.

First read: 2007? Though I wonder whether I skipped this one, because it was mostly unfamiliar.

 

Productions seen: None at all. But I know the RSC are broadcasting this season’s production in August, so that will probably change shortly.

 

Productions worked on: As above.

 

Edition I’m using: Dover Thrift. Loving this cover.

Who would have thought the old man had so much blood in him?

 

Observations:

 

  • Reading this while working on a script in which Franck’s Panis Angelicus is mentioned leads to some odd mental mashups.
  • Well, I can see why this play was so popular in the craziness that was the 17th century. Blood and guts flying everywhere, more revenge than you can shake a stick at. The level of violence feels like it ought to be cathartic, a purgative theatrical experience… but actually it felt kind of pornographic instead. I can see why it provoked a considerable amount…

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