It remains my favourite of Shakespeare’s plays (Much Ado leading as my favourite of his comedies) and I have avidly collected productions the way others might collect stamps.
Asides from the contemporary setting, the one thing that sets the NYT production apart from others is the sheer energy that all the performers exhibit. While allusions to West Side Story may sound widely incongruous, when one bears in mind the extensive use of choreography for fighting between two factions in this Shakespearean adaptation, it’s not such a strange comparison.
Have you booked yet for the lauded new post-apocalyptic version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth ? The Devil You Know Theatre Company production is now running at the iconic Bussey Building in Peckham, south London, until 18 November 2017. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review quotes and gathered audience reactions.
“Pray you, undo this button: thank you Sir” is probably not the most memorable line in the play although it’s a neat example of Shakespeare tucking his stage directions into the script as usual. Lear is at the very end of his life and physically weak. So he asks Kent and Edgar for a tiny bit of practical assistance.