February 16, 2012

Stephen Fry

Writing about web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17055214

Stephen Fry playing Malvolio at Shakespeare's Globe? In an original practices production opposite Mark Rylance? This could genuinely be one of the most exciting theatrical events in some time; not necesarily because Fry will be good (we hope), but because the imposition of a widely-loved celebrity into an OP production throws up all kinds of exciting questions about audience response, horizons of expectation and the way in which we read actors as well as characters. I'm booked.

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  1. Duncan

    Agreed. And he has played Malvolio before at a series of benefit performances for the Theatre Royal Norwich: http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/bard_casts_his_spell_on_hall_1_698033?ot=archant.PrintFriendlyPageLayout.ot

    There is also talk of this and Richard III getting West End and New York transfers, because Sonia Friedman Productions is involved. Why have a company like that involved if there are no mega-buck tours on offer?

    17 Feb 2012, 11:53

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Peter Kirwan is Teaching Associate in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama at the University of Nottingham and a reviewer of Shakespearean theatre for several academic journals.

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