Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Richard II - Afterward

I attended the show by myself.  The woman beside whom I sat said that when she purchased her ticket, the theatre was 13% full.  That is a far cry from the full house at the opera on Saturday.  Be that as it may, I can understand why people might not want to go to a show that is neither well advertized, nor one that is one of Shakespeare's lesser known works.

Exceptional variety of texture … 
Charles Edwards as Richard and 
David Sturzaker as Bolingbroke 
in Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe. 
Photograph: Johan Persson
But did I have fun?

A resounding yes.

The pace picked up after the intermission.  I loved the interlude where the gardener and his helper were discussing politics and gardening.  Having the helper up the ladder at the back of the theatre made me laugh out loud.

A fantastic mix between comedy and tragedy as the king gave over his crown to Bolingbrooke.

And when the men were throwing down their gauntlets, everything turned funny.

The scene were the whole family were on their knees, begging the king to be pardoned was played so comically.

I like the actors at the Globe.  Somehow they always engage someone in the audience, this time by seeming to cut a woman's hair.

There is a good review in The Telegraph.  An Encore of the show will be played in a few weeks.

For me, it was a privilege to see the play.



  1. we went too! Duncan and Alex and I. Duncan slept through part, but Alex and i struggled through. yes, Alex also loved the scene with the garderners, and the scene on their knees was a riot!

  2. Were you awake when the Duke called to have his boots so he could get on his horse and go see the King and tell about the treason. And then the boots were tossed around the stage, and even got into the audience. And how cleverly the man chased the woman and she would get to the other side of the stage and then they would have another interchange. Such fantastic choreography.

    And what did you think of the chorus of winds and the music with so much dissonance in it. And we heard those sounds so many times, waiting, waiting, waiting for some resolution of the chords and it never came.

    And that lovely prologue with the crowning of the 10 year old boy. We always saw Richard II in white, or white and gold and the the throne usurper in dark clothes. And the scene where Richard II talked about his horse, and held that horse from his childhood in his hand as he talked. That was a beauty.

    All of those touches take the experience to a new level.