Kinda. David Tennant and Catherine Tate will reunite to perform Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (as Benedick and Beatrice, respectively) for a season at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End.
I figured Boganette could do with a bit of light relief from her position as inadvertent heart of a Twitterstorm (That Shall Not Be Otherwise Mentioned In This Thread*, because then it wouldn’t be light relief at all).
The casual use of violence perpetrated on the female body in telling a story about a man’s experience will not be news to most people here, but it might be enlightening to look at it in the context of what is often considered to be one of the great works of humanist literature, one that still carries more cultural weight than possibly any other, and is often claimed to speak to all people, everywhere.
This post has been sitting in my drafts folder for the last fortnight hoping for a stroke of brilliance to strike so that I could post something suitably amusing and symbolic of the last 5 years of blogging. Thanks so… Read More ›
Photo comes from the State Library online gallery on Flickr (via @dogpossum on Twitter): just look at the vitality and mischief of her!
I only just caught her fabulous turn as Vera Charles a couple of days ago in the movie Mame! and thought to myself “what a great hoyden”, and today I heard the news that she has died, aged 86.
There’s a lot of attention given to this particular death, partly because of the fame of her family, and partly because her death seems bizarre to those who don’t know much about head injuries. There’s plenty to read about both those aspects in the various MSM reports.
Gomez is an actor I’ve enjoyed watching for some time, and when I read that she had chosen to play Katharine in a new RSC staging of The Taming of the Shrew I wondered why on earth she had agreed to be in that monstrously misogynist play, whose enduring popularity relies solely on the comedy fireworks in the early scenes between Petruchio and Kate, and the ability of the Kate to gloss over the humiliations she receives. I was disappointed by the idea that Gomez’s glorious abilities in physical comedy were going to be used simply to mask the horror of Katherine’s annihilation yet again. I should have had more faith.
The reviews of the latest RSC production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (starring David Tennant) are in, and they’re somewhat mixed. (Although not for Patrick Stewart, whose Claudius appears to be universally praised.)