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Thursday, 28 March 2019

REVIEW: Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre

This production, which has recently opened at the Vaudeville Theatre, had its premier at the Globe in August 2018. Moving from the Globe can be difficult due to the nature of the space but it really feels like the company have cut a portion of the theatre and placed it in the heart of the West End.

Following the story of Emilia Bassano, the ‘Dark Lady’ erased form History. A girl from a good background educated and taught to contain herself but has a huge voice needing to be heard underneath. From the tender age of 7 years old we see her grow up into a young woman and head straight through into adult life. An aspiring poet, she couldn’t have her work published because women could only have religious text published into the world. After some clever thinking she, and her students, come up with a way to get around this and start to educate Women throughout London. 

What this play does is wake us up. It shows us how similar our times are to then, with the links made by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (writer) between this time period and modern day we can make the parallels between the two societies. Its amazing how far we’ve come, of course, but its also astonishing how little progress we’ve made in this huge amount of time. 

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Shakespeare’s Globe launches Globe Player, becoming the first theatre to create its own dedicated video-on-demand platform

Shakespeare’s Globe today launches Globe Player, a brand new online platform offering full-length HD films of over 50 Shakespeare productions at the Globe to rent or buy.
Shakespeare’s Globe is the first theatre in the world to offer this kind of on-demand platform for digital content. Every foreign-language production from the 2012 ‘Globe to Globe’ festival of international Shakespeare has been made available on film, alongside main productions from the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 summer seasons, as follows:

  • 2012: Twelfth Night starring Mark Rylance and Stephen FryHenry V starring Jamie Parker and The Taming of the Shrew starring Samantha Spiro
  • 2011: Marlowe’s Dr FaustusMuch Ado About Nothing starring Eve Best and All’s Well That Ends Well with Janie Dee
  • 2010: Henry IV parts 1 and 2 with Roger Allam and Jamie Parker and Henry VIII with Miranda Raison
  • 2009: As You Like It directed by Thea SharrockLove’s Labour’s Lost directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Romeo & Juliet starring Ellie Kendrick
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