“Man is a giddy thing”
Much Ado About Nothing
Quite a bold gambit here, as Jessica Swale’s Sicily-set scenes are interpolated with Jeremy Herrin’s glorious 2011 production. And most glorious within that production, Eve Best’s heart-breaking, life-affirming recounting of a star dancing is placed front and centre. So Katherine Parkinson and Samuel West are up against it a bit, swanning luxuriously but longfully around the Villa Ida in Messina, never too far from Best and Charles Edwards doing Beatrice and Benedick as well as they ever have been done.
A bit of a change of pace here and rightfully so, with Sam Yates directing a stately Lindsay Duncan and Ruth Wilson at the Chateau de Lourmarin, perhaps a more sedate piece of film than the others in the collection but all the more gorgeous for it.
The Comedy of Errors
Some people got to go to France, Italy, Turkey, even the Caribbean, this lot got to the Iznik Turkish restaurant on London’s Riverside. Bill Buckhurst directs a ruminative Phil Davis as Egeon and a boisterous Omid Djalili as Dromio, with snippets from Blanche McIntyre’s slapsticky version from 2014 providing contrasting comic relief.