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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 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!