Shakespeare - The Winter's Tale / Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre
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The Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Winter's Tale, performed at the Barbican Theatre, London, presented here for the first time in a complete and un-edited edition. This landmark production was hailed by critics and played to packed houses both in Stratford and London.
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For a contrast of what can be accomplished with Shakespeare as film interpretation versus filmed stage production, compare Orson Welles' Othello with Richard Burton's Hamlet (both available through Amazon); both, I believe, are the ideal of each venue.
I'm no fan of productions of Shakespeare's plays that employ modern settings, or period settings that are clearly later than the time setting of the play itself. This RSC production of The Winter's Tale is, judging by costume, clearly set in the period 1890-1914, so that references to the oracle of Apollo at Delphi, "Sicilia", "Bohemia" are distracting anachronisms. All the same, Hermione and Perdita are well played, and once one gets used to the fact that one is seeing a film of a staged play things go along fairly well. Autolycus steals the show, I'm afraid. He is very entertaining, but as an embodiment of the principle of error, surrender to the impulses of "stronger blood," he cannot be taken seriously, and so the play's central theme which binds the last two acts to the first three is not well served. Nevertheless I liked the DVD well enough to use it in my undergraduate Shakespeare class.
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This is the only professional full production that I can find. It's very good. I just wish there were others!Published 3 months ago by Lenore Grunko
This interpretation is much abridged from the original and the sound quality leaves much to be desired.Published 11 months ago by WL Rubink
good performances except for Leontes, major character. production excellent. beyond Act 1, all very good.dPublished 18 months ago by Joanna G. Harris
What could be better than the Royal Shakespeare Company doing the acting?
BUT there are no captions on the disc.
A splendid production of a difficult text. Just lovely acting.Published 23 months ago by gordon sharp
I love stage plays. Really, I do. However, the magic of theatre does not translate well to television. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Cheryl
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