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26 April 2010 @ 04:14 pm
ooh shiny  
From the RSC Shakespeare feed: Ben Whishaw is playing Ariel in Julie Taymor's production of The Tempest!

Less pleased about Russell Brand as Trinculo... but if I recall from set photographs, Felicity Jones is Miranda, which makes me happy, because she can clearly do innocent and sympathetic (see Catherine Morland).
troyswann on April 26th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
Cool! Ben Whishaw's Hamlet blew me away. I was literally too blown away to speak for the whole tube ride back to South Kensington after seeing that show. I'm excited about him as Ariel, and a little worried about Julie Taymor doing it. It'll be interesting, no doubt. I may like it, or I may hate it passionately, but it will be interesting.
tempestsarekind: hamlet/horatio OTPtempestsarekind on April 26th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Ooh, you saw him? I've only read about his Hamlet (mostly in Imogen Stubbs' piece on playing Gertrude in one of those Players of Shakespeare-type books, but I saw him in Bright Star and think he could make a very good Ariel.

One of these days I need to go back and watch Taymor's Titus--I saw it my freshman year of college and it was just too brain-breaking for someone who had only seen Shakespeare through the films of Branagh and Trevor Nunn. If nothing else, I could have a more accurate sense of how I feel about it now.
litlover12 on April 26th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
I had to go look him up before I could remember where I saw him. He was Sebastian in the "Brideshead Revisited" remake. I'm afraid I don't remember his performance very well; I was too busy being mad at him for not being Anthony Andrews. (Which, I have to admit, was not his fault.)
tempestsarekind: regency house party [s&s]tempestsarekind on April 27th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Heh. If you get a chance to see Bright Star, I recommend it--he plays Keats.
Valancy: Swoonabilityvalancy_s on April 28th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Seconding the recommendation of Bright Star. *SWOON*
tempestsarekind: austentempestsarekind on April 28th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
I definitely need to see it again.
troyswann on April 27th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
I did see him. I was SO skeptical when he sat there in 1.2 sobbing with big ribbons of snot dribbling out of his nose and I thought, "oh man, this is gonna be awful." But the interpretation overall worked so very, very well. The 2b speech was stunning. I just wept my eyes out. And Laertes was amazing in the "willow tree" scene. His "Oh where," delivered while he's sort of trying to go there only he doesn't know where "there" is, and you can just see his brain sheering away from his body. OMG. Cried. My. Eyes. Out.

It's Taymor's Titus that makes me a little nervous. I like using it for teaching, and it does some things really well, and I get it even when she's doing stuff I don't like, so I'm willing to give her a chance with The Tempest especially if Ben Whishaw is in it. Thanks for the heads-up!
tempestsarekind: the man himselftempestsarekind on April 27th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
Aw, Laertes! I *heart* him, and I feel like he gets underused--what with disappearing off to France and all, I suppose.

And I'm glad to have been of service!
litlover12 on April 26th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I like Felicity Jones. Good choice.
tempestsarekind: not supposed to be a heroine [NA]tempestsarekind on April 26th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
I think so! I'm looking forward to seeing her.
a_t_raina_t_rain on April 26th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, is there an actual release date (I hope, I hope)?
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on April 26th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
Haven't come across one yet, I'm afraid--the RSC Shakespeare blog post just says "toward the end of this year."
Valancy: EagerReadervalancy_s on April 28th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
Ben Whishaw? Felicity Jones? Helen Mirren? Okay, I'm wicked excited - thanks for sharing this!

Edited at 2010-04-28 12:29 pm (UTC)
tempestsarekind: not supposed to be a heroine [NA]tempestsarekind on April 28th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)