Stephen Dillane reciting Macbeth’s Act 2.1, Is this a dagger which I see before me?
Royal Shakespeare Company
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Gregory Doran“Feel the heat. The RSC has just set Julius Caesar thrillingly ablaze.”—The Independent (UK)
The world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company returns to BAM with a new twist on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Set in present-day Africa and featuring an all-black cast, this visionary production echoes recent regime struggles throughout the continent. The first production from the RSC’s newly appointed artistic director Gregory Doran, this staging features sets by Michael Vale and live performances of contemporary West African music, fostering the contemporary resonance of this classic political thriller. According to The Guardian (UK), “…Doran’s production gives the play’s central debate about the necessary political murder a new immediacy.”
The Royal Shakespeare Company has made eight previous appearances at BAM, beginning with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1971 and most recently in 2007 with King Lear, featuring Ian McKellen, and The Seagull.
Michael Urie, Lynn Cohen, Joanna Gleason, Austin Pendleton and Chris Sarandon are a handful of the 154 actors who will speak the speech in the yearlong Sonnet Project, an undertaking of the New York Shakespeare Exchange. The company, after raising almost $50,000 in a Kickstarter campaign, will film all of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each performed by a different actor in a New York City location – hence the overall cast of 154. Over the course of the next year, videos will be released singly or in small groups on the Web site SonnetProjectNYC.com, and through a soon-to-be-released mobile app.
Shakespeare plays and sonnets performed using 400-year-old Original Pronunciation.
This video demonstrates why historically informed performance can be so illuminating. Puns and lewd jokes, hidden in RP, leap out when performed in certain versions of OP. Rhymes that don’t work in RP, do in OP: love vs. prove, speak vs. break, etc. The ca. 1600 OP is so rich sounding; I would love to hear a production using it!
Romeo and Juliet; Act 3 Scene 1: The Fight.
The BBC are actually letting you embed the videos on the Shakespeare Unlocked website now. About time.
Richard III & Lady Anne.
2012 RSC production of Richard III at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.
(c) Geraint Lewis
2012 RSC production of Richard III
HAHAHA. Ohmygosh. This is classic, what is this? I like it.
Thanks for the submission!