” Never let it be said that fate itself could awe the soul of Richard. Hence babbling dreams, you threaten here in vain; Conscience avaunt, Richard’s himself again” (The tragical history of King Richard the Third) Richard’s himself again: or is he? There is a moment in Olivier’s film of Shakespeare’s play… Continue reading SHAKESPEARE’S RICHARD III: HERO OR VILLAIN?
In the following article, Sir Ian McKellen talks specifically about his 1930s version of Shakespeare’s “Richard III”. No mention is made of the real Richard, oh, and the horse for his kingdom has become a jeep! There are various reasons why I will not be watching this, but tell me, how can it really be Shakespeare’s… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Richard III as depicted in Sir Ian McKellen’s film….
The following article also deals with Sir Ian’s thoughts on other Shakespeare plays, not just Richard III, but I have only selected the Richard comments. I should add that he doesn’t express an opinion on the real Richard.:- What happened when Sir Ian McKellen met Shakespeare? The Big Issue was there to record the words… Continue reading Some of Sir Ian’s thoughts on Shakespeare’s Richard III….
OK, I know it’s great theatre (apparently) but I do NOT like Richard III to be updated to ‘modern’ times. So the thought of Sir Ian McKellen and his bus doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest. I still think that Shakespeare should be played as he was meant to be, i.e. in 16th-century costume. Many… Continue reading Richard and the McKellen treatment…