Weekend #1 – Shakespeare

It looks like I will be doing a fair amount of travelling over the next few weekends and I have a lot of DVD boxsets that I got for Christmas to work through, so I will be trying to control the slippery slope of madness that is the theatrical DVD reviewing by trying out a few themed collections of posts. Mainly it will be exploring the work of people I like Terence Rattigan and Helen McCrory, or whose work I want to revisit or know more about,  Mike Leigh and Stephen Poliakoff. The possibilities are endless so I’ll be trying it out for a few weeks, mainly to work through the presents I got of these four, and see how it goes.

First up though is good old Shakespeare, and I’ll be looking at Julie Taymor’s adaptation of The Tempest featuring Helen Mirren, and two RSC DVDs from the 90s: a filmed version of The Winter’s Tale with Antony Sher and Alexandra Gilbreath and an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 1996.

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