Hey! It's my birthday today, and I was thinking, what do I really want? Lots of things, of course, but one of the main ones is obviously a D&D style alignment chart (popularised and excellent-ised by MightyGodKing) of Shakespeare's histories characters. I couldn't find one, so I made it myself.
As always, Part Three left me jonesing for more, but I think that's a good thing. The day was lovely and, although I thought it would be a bit gimmicky, the battlefield setting really did work.
Beatriz Romilly was again outstanding as an active, clever and bored Eleanor, Gloucester's wife. I wanted more from Suffolk and Margaret's relationship, but Jack Cade was cracking good fun, as ever.
Overall I liked Harry the Sixth, but I wished there had been a bit more energy. I suspect the actors were probably pacing themselves for the all-dayer, which is totally understandable, but it's such a mad manic play that I wanted a bit more verve. Beatriz Romilly and Graham Butler were definitely the standouts of a strong ensemble.
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Don’t worry! If you haven’t found a card yet that expresses how you really feel about your partner, maybe one of these Plantagenet valentines will help:
I love the Henry VIs, but I didn’t really “get” Part Three until I saw it last weekend, when it blew my fucking socks off.
Photo (c) Marc Brenner