12th Night Oct. 11th, ’12

london west end

My very first play in the new Globe theatre – and thanks to the architecture of this exceptional and amazing building, but also thanks to a wonderful cast this was a very special performance, one that’ll stay very close to my heart. With an all male cast, minimal decorations on stage and period costumes this proved to be as close to an Elisabethan take on the Shakespearean play as possible in this day and age. We even fought to keep our bums still on the incredibly uncomfortable seats – and we did have cushions (thank you, Bev, for the life saving tip!)

We went to see Stephen Fry who plays Malvolio – the love sick maitre de of Countess Olivia and he was unfortunately a surprise – he was by far the weakest player in this tale of mistaken identities and misplaced feelings. He was, basically and sadly, Stephen Fry. Funny, yes, but without depth or any kind of passion. Which is a shame as the rest of the cast was truly great.

Liam Brennan seduced me with Count Orsino’s cute accent, which was a dream to listen to, and with the charming way he falls in love with his apparently male servant Viola, brilliantly played by Johnny Flynn, who is in truth of course a girl. Outstanding also Mark Rylance who is reprising his role as Olivia – the way he seemed to almost glide along the stage was hilarious, but he also managed to portrait her anxious love and the way she gives up her modesty for her happiness and still make her character loveable.

And it was the “girls” of the all male cast, that were especially marvellous. All done up in white make up the guys were obviously very much enjoying to see life with different eyes for once. They certainly could have fooled me – they were that good.

The performance itself is sold out for the whole run, no additional dates are planned – but there might be return tickets on the day, so checking might garner you some tickets. All in all it was a brilliant play, happy ending and a funny dance number choreographed for curtains (as there are no curtains) that certainly made staying despite “the rain and the wind” a must.

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