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The Comedy of Errors gets its NT Live this Thursday (1 March)
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly

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Cut and pasted from an email from the National Theatre:

Shakespeare's hilarious The Comedy of Errors broadcast live to cinemas 1 March

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
1 March (varying dates internationally)


Shakespeare’s furiously paced comedy The Comedy of Errors will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and around the world on 1 March (varying dates internationally). Directed by Dominic Cooke, Lenny Henry plays Antipholus of Syracuse in this imaginative production set in a contemporary world, where two sets of twins get caught up in a crazy day of wild mishaps and mistaken identity.

For more information, to view the trailer, to see the rehearsal and production galleries, to find your nearest cinema and to book tickets follow the link:
http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/67933/productions/the-comedy-of-errors.html

Raks's Review

I saw this back in January.

I will be honest. I was not at all excited about it, even though my friends who had seen it, and theatre buffs whom I trust, had all said it was excellent.

The reason is ... I don't really like Shakespearean comedies with happy endings. I much prefer Shakespearean tragedies packed with heartbreak and despair, murder and death. The ones where all the key characters die at the end. I think that tells you more about me than about the plays!

However, I LOVED this adaptation. It was set in contemporary London and all the key parts - father and mother, the two twin sons and the two twin servants were all played by Black actors (the premise being Africans newly arrived in London), all of whom were excellent. The adaptation was strong on laughs and slapstick and the full range of humour, but it managed to be touching and moving when it needed to be eg the reconciliation scene at the end, where the family and the two sets of twins are reunited.

Spoiler Alert - Skip this paragraph if you want
The best bit for me (which totally surprised me and took my breath away with its audacity) was when - in the manner of the helicopter landing on stage during Miss Saigon - they had a real ambulance drive on and off the stage during the production, complete with flashing lights and siren. Gob-smacking!

I had gone along, convinced that I was not going to like this (I have never seen a production of The Comedy of Errors before, and nor had I read through the play in advance as I normally do with Shakespeare that I have not encountered before; I had only read it up in my quick and easy guides to Shakespeare's plays). But I was proved wrong! I love it when that happens!

Due to the humour, the slapstick and the fact that it is well and truly played for laughs, this is also a good Shakespeare production to take young people along to if you want to give them a taste for Shakespeare, and show them that he is relevant to the here and now, and can speak to today's audience about today's world.

Highly recommended.

I saw She Stoops To Conquer this weekend, which everyone is raving about. In my humble opinion, this is way better than She Stoops To Conquer! (and I was NOT expecting to say that!).

Oscars 2012: Come on War Horse!
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As there are NO photos of Benedict at the Oscars, even though he is attending, I am running some photos I have not run before of the War Horse cast. The main film I am backing at the Oscars 2012 is WAR HORSE!


Back row from left: Robert Emms, Toby Kebbell
Middle row: Tom Hiddleston, Matt Milne
Front row: Jeremy Irvine, David Kross, Patrick Kennedy, Benedict Cumberbatch
Photographer: Kevin Lynch
Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/Warhorsemovie/war-horse-photoshoot-by-kev/


Robert Emms, Jeremy Irvine, Patrick Kennedy, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Hiddleston — flanked by Lusitanos Rico and Fuego, photographed at Tilsey Farm, in Bramley, near Guildford, Surrey, England
Photographer: Jason Bell
Photo credit: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/features/2011/09/war-horse-201109

COME ON WAR HORSE!

My review of War Horse is here:
http://mycroft-brolly.livejournal.com/239388.html

Benedict at the Oscars
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What do you mean there are no pictures of Benedict at the Oscars? There are loads of him now and here he is even showing off his new phone cover... :-))



Curious about the suit and waistcoat he is wearing. That tweeted pic from before made the suit look blue on my screen, and was worn with a white waistcoat. Well the outfit – and his hair – both look loads better here. Sleek, fabulous and articulate as ever – that's Mr Cumberbatch at his best. :-)

Benedict Cumberbatch - He of the flame-red hair
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This is NOT a photo of Benedict at the Oscars; this is a photo of Benedict as I like him; with his glorious flame-red hair!


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Oscars 2012: Winners
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This link takes you through to a complete list of all the 2012 Oscars Winners. I would say congratulations, but War Horse was slighted, and my heart was not behind any of the films that won, so I won't be a hypocrite!
http://oscar.go.com/nominees
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