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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

Review; **** Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet (1948)

This classic  production of Hamlet, with Laurence Olivier as Hamlet,  is available: To Stream (or download) for Amazon Prime Members for £3.59 at Amazon.co.uk Laurence Oliviier Hamlet To stream (or purchase) from Amazon.com for  $3.99 at Amazon.com Laurence Olivier Hamlet – streaming As a DVD from Amazon.com for $21.96 fromAmazon.com Laurence Oliver Hamlet DVD . Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. Our Bottom Line: This is a classic production of …Read More

Review: Twelfth Night (*****) Trevor Nunn

Twelfth Night is available for streaming from Amazon.com for $8.99 DVD of Twelfth Night available from Amazon.co.uk for £3.99 DVD of Twelfth Night available from Amazon.com from  $15.74 Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above. Our Bottom Line: This is a really fantastic version of this play. It isn’t the most accurate; if you’re looking to study it, go and …Read More

Review: Othello (*****) BBC Shakespeare Collection

The BBC’s Shakespeare Collection production of Othello is available: – For streaming from Ambrose Digital ($25 / £16) – If you live in the UK, you can buy Othello (and 10 other Shakespeare Tragedies) for £19.99 for streaming / download. from the new BBC Store (more about this new BBC store later). – For streaming from Amazon.com ($1.99 / ~£1.25) – As a DVD from Amazon.co.uk for  £18.93 (£9.90 used) / Note that prices quoted …Read More

Review: The Globe Production of Henry IV Part I (****)

The Globe’s production of Henry IV Part I is available: – For streaming from The Globe Player (£6 /~ $9) – For purchase and download as an MP4 from The Globe Player (£10 / ~$15) – As a DVD from Amazon.co.uk for  £20 / ~$30.00 and from Amazon.com  for $19.59 Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above.  If you want to know …Read More

Review: RSC Macbeth (*****) on DVD, 1979

The RSC production of Macbeth is available as a DVD  from: Amazon.co.uk  for £5.00 and from Amazon.com for $8.99 Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above. Our Bottom Line: This is the best production of Macbeth we have seen. It comes from the heyday of the Royal Shakespeare Company, was directed by Trevor Nunn, and stars Ian McKellen as Macbeth, and …Read More

Review: Who is Hamlet?

Book: Hamlet Fold on Fold, Prof. Gabriel Josipovici, 2016, Yale University Press Available: Amazon.co.uk, hardback £20 / ~$30; Kindle £15:19 Amazon.com hardback $30.38; Kindle $21:63 Our Review: If you want to discover more about Hamlet the play, and Hamlet the character, a good place to start is with the literary artist and scholar Gabriel Josipovici’s book Hamlet Fold on Fold. Josipovici’s project is to guide the reader through the play, …Read More

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