RETURN OF DRUNK THEATRE: Celebrities Do Gay Shakespeare! FEATURING David Tennant’s Richard II and Tom Hiddleston’s Coriolanus

Louisa was in town this week, my longtime drinking-and-theatre buddy who initiated Drunk Theatre Week with me at the National’s Edward II. Clearly the only thing to do was continue with our theme of Gay Renaissance Theatre, so on Monday we saw David Tennant’s hair-extensioned Richard II at the Barbican (RSC) and on Wednesday Tom Hiddleston’s beefy topless-showering Coriolanus at the Donmar.

Richard II

(Photo: Alastair Muir)
Photo: Alastair Muir


Drinks

A Very Plantagenet Valentine’s Day

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:

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Globe to Globe: Richard II in Arabic (Palestine)

I had a whole (late) post written up yesterday about Yohangza’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and how it was my favourite play of the Globe to Globe festival by a mile, but then Ashtar Theatre’s Richard II came along and blew Yohangza out of the water.

Photo (c) Rajha Shakiry

I may be a bit biased because I love the histories, but I’m pretty sure this is an incredible production no matter how you feel about Shakespeare’s “King Name + Number” plays. Although Richard II has never been one of my favourites in that sub-category, it’s slowly creeping up the leaderboard the more time I spend with it. Read more...