Wow I thought that was really quite awful having now watched the whole, thank goodness RTD has said he doesn't want to do more, I don't care about gender swapping but I do care that I thought it plain bad. The language got completely lost for me and it seemed more about special effects and trying to be 'now' and relevant rather than just another intrepretation. Can safely answer that my mother would have hated it, well actually she'd have turned it off and had an early night.
Of course you can produce kid-friendly productions by making a play about 'love' in the rather abstract form that children recognise from Disney films, but you'd lose all the humour and recognisable humanity from it.
It's really not for children.
Yes, I don't think I could bear to trip along to the Swan this fall to see The Rover, which the RSC says is about "love", now that I've seen and relished Rob Hayes and Ned Bennett's version, at RWCMD last week, which was rather more about sex, lust and gang-rape.
JESUS the humour in the Pyramus and Thisbe sequence has been sucked out. They're taking the Athenian scenes SO seriously.
I loved it as did my younger visitors-yes the music was loud and it felt a bit rushed but the humour and innovative visuals were lively and Maxine Peake was mesmerising.Uplifting and entertaining.
Far better than the Hollow Crown which nearly lost me in the first episode only to find the Richard 111 section was worse with the tricksy camera work that drew your attention from the actors, a Shakespearean text which had been butchered by the complete loss of the iambic pentameter in an effort to make it more accessible and a very mixed bag of acting.I liked Lupita Nyong'o even if she was bit overwrought at times. Benedict Cumberbatch was a mixture some excellant reflective moments and pantomine acting. The overall pacing did not help much.So i will gladly watch A midsummers Dream again but have already deleted the Hollow,
re Pyramus and Thisbby having played it twice myself I thought it was a pretty funny as did those with me who had not seen it before,Bottom was a joy in his scenes and seeing few actors from Dr Who like Benard Cribbons was treat; interiris Avatar Jun 3, 2016 10:00:40 GMT 1 interiris said:
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It looked even worse after I had been to the Southwark Playhouse to see the "7actordream"- that was very funny and clever with a cast of 7 excellent very busy actors, a lot of imagination and improvisation and some extras from the audience. Sometimes less is more. Highly recommended.
Saw this the other day and I suppose overall I enjoyed it. There were a few things that I didn't like - Puck for example wasn't Puckish enough - Matt Lucas' Bottom as The Ass wasn't hee hawey enough - and I'm not quite sure what Elaine Paige was up to but her laugh at one point was enough to put me off her performance in the same way that her laugh puts me off listening to her radio show. Parts I did like were the OTT perfomances by Pyramus and Thisbe and Bernard Cribbins' solid Wall. Maxine Peake delighted as did the four lovers whose dream we shared. I pàrticularly liked the all singing and dancing joyous finale. Brought back memories of RSC finales from the 70s. Just my humble opinion and certainly not a waste of time for me.