Saturday, November 18, 2006


"For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings:"

The Courtyard had been converted into a proscenium arch stage for the Berliner Ensemble's Richard II. This was the first time I had heard Shakespeare's words in German [Othello earlier in the year wasn't a translation], and it was easy to hear how the cadences and rhythms of the languages are close enough for comfort. The production seemed in part a homage to Clockwork Orange; white make-up, and the Bolingbroke faction wore dark suits and bowler hats, while Richard and his courtiers were all in white until the mud got at them. But the strength of the ensemble and an excellent Richard made this a good, if not great performance.

Personal Star Rating [out of five] ***


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