Just a heads up: this coming Thursday, April 9th, Cineplex Theatres in Canada (check online for dates in other countries) will be showing the Stratford Festival’s 2014 production, King John. This Canadian Shakespearean festival is world renowned for its high calibre of acting and behind the scenes work and the previous filmings that I have seen have been spectacular. I will certainly be attending and you can watch for my review. There will be a matinee presentation on Sunday, April 12th. Here is the review I posted for the last one I attended, King Lear.
Last night I went to see last summer’s Stratford Festival production of King Lear at a participating Cineplex Theatre as part of their Front Row Centre programme. This was not a live performance, but an edited HD film shot at a live performance with a live audience, and it was exquisite from start to finish.
I saw Lear in a live satellite feed from London’s National Theatre last spring (also part of the Front Row Centre series), and was somewhat disappointed. Not that it wasn’t well acted or well produced — it was. However, I was overwhelmed by the violence and the sadness of that production and a bit put off by the fact that the costumes were not those of the Elizabethan theatre that Shakespeare would have known, but instead looked more like something out of the 20th century, possibly from one of the world wars. Call me a purist…
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