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Heroes and Politicians in Henry IV Part 1

There was a significant cultural shift in England from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century as the culture moved from a medieval to a ‘modern’ (or early modern) world view: The medieval world was essentially Christian; the early modern was moving towards a more science-based world view. Medieval  kingship depended on The Divine Right of Kings; early modern kings used  the principles of Machiavelli. Medieval economy was based on the …Read More

Review (****) Upstart Crow, Season 1, BBC 2016

By Alan Brown December 4, 2017   ‘Upstart Crow’, Series 1 is available In the UK: from Amazon.co.uk  as a DVD for £9.99. Series 1 & 2 are available to stream through Amazon Video UK  at £9.99 per series or £2.49 per episode, in HD. . In the US the same options are available at different prices at Amazon.com. . Upstart Crow would make a great Christmas present, but maybe …Read More

Review (****): Chimes at Midnight, (Henry IV Part 1 and 2, etc)

Chimes at Midnight is available from : Amazon.com for streaming ($3.99); as Blu-ray ($25.00); as  a DVD ($8:62) Amazon.co.uk as Blu-ray (£16:30); as DVD (£9.99) Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. . It would also make a great Christmas present, though you might like to compare it with other present options in our Shakespeare @ Christmas post. . Our Bottom Line: A wonderful production by Orson …Read More

Shakespeare @ Christmas

December is upon us, so Christmas isn’t  far behind. For Shakespeare-lovers what role will Shakespeare play over your Christmas season?Here’s a few ideas – and a Christmas present from Players-Shakespeare.com of a ‘new’ Shakespeare play for you all. . Shows to watch over Christmas: . As part of your Christmas family TV entertainments, why not watch a Shakespeare production? (Thinking of my own family’s reaction to such a proposal, I’m …Read More

Review (***) The Hollow Crown, Henry V, Universal 2012

By Alan Brown November 16, 2017   The Hollow Crown (Series 1) is available: Streaming: The Hollow Crown’, Series 1, a 4 disc set of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & 2, and Henry V is available for streaming on Amazon Video / Prime at $2.99 per episode. UK: ‘The Hollow Crown’, Series 1 (DVD), a 4 disc set of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & 2, and Henry …Read More

Review: (****) RSC production of Coriolanus

This production of Coriolanus runs at The Barbican in London, from Nov 6th to Nov 18th. This review is based on a performance of the same production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on 14th October. . There was a Cinema screening on 11th October ’17, so perhaps there will be ‘encore’ performances shortly. . Our Bottom Line: This is a full-scale production of Coriolanus  with a full cast of around 35 actors. …Read More

Review: (****) The Hollow Crown, Richard II

The Hollow Crown (Series 1) is available: Streaming: The Hollow Crown’, Series 1, a 4 disc set of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & 2, and Henry V is available for streaming on Amazon Video / Prime at $2.99 per episode. UK: ‘The Hollow Crown’, Series 1 (DVD), a 4 disc set of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & 2, and Henry V is available through Amazon.co.uk at £15.95 …Read More

Review: (*****) RSC Big Amateur Week-end

 Introduction: I had a wonderful week-end on 13th & 14th October, at the RSC Big Amateur Week-en. With perhaps 100 other Amateur / Community Theatre actors  I worked with RSC workshop leaders in four half-day workshops to  build my / our skills in: Acting for the Stage; Movement; Stage Combat; and Voice and Text plus a Directing masterclass. And if that wasn’t enough, we had the opportunity to watch a …Read More

Review (***) King Lear, The Globe, September ’17, Cinema Live

The Globe’s production of King Lear is available through ‘Encore’bookings, in Australia and New Zealand from 25th November, and may be available in the UK. See CinemaLive.com: . It may also become available on Globe Player, once the current run at The Globe has completed. . Our Bottom Line: This is a forceful production – in its way. You will stay in your seat and not press ‘Pause’. .   Our Review …Read More

Review: (***) Hamlet, (2000) starring Ethan Hawke, directed by Michael Almereyda

This production of Hamlet, with Ethan Hawke as Hamlet,  is available: As a DVD for  £14.94 at Amazon.co.uk (N.B. a Region 1 import) As a DVD for $7.99 at Amazon.com  Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. . Our Bottom Line: Worth seeing but contrivance is all. . . Our Review (***) Forget majesty – and nobility come to that. ‘Our whole kingdom’ is become the Denmark Corporation, the King is …Read More

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