Richard II: Flint Castle, Wales

It’s either ironic or very appropriate that I’m writing this from Paris as the sun sets and the sky turns from blue to pink to gold; Wales was rocky grey and green and very dull. Not all of Wales, of course! Hay on Wye is rightly famous for books and Hereford for cider. But the north coast of Flintshire is neither inspiring nor interesting, especially in January, which is when I went. After a sunny Saturday afternoon lunch in London with friends and lots of fizzy wine, I got on the Tube and sat across from two women with no overnight bags who I realised were getting the same train I was. “It’s at four forty-six, do you think we’ll be all right for seats?” one said.

“Yeah,” the other said, with an undertone of obviously. “Not too many people going up to the coast this time of year, are they? All cold and wet and black?” Read more...

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

 

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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...