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22 September 2014 @ 06:52 pm
Shakespeare's Globe screenings  
Shakespeare's Globe is being even more unhelpful about this than usual, but it looks - according to Playbill - like some cinema screenings have started rolling out, very slowly, and the plan seems to be that they're going to screen both the most recent batch of filmed productions (The Tempest, Macbeth, and Midsummer), and the ones that they never screened last year (Henry V, Twelfth Night, and Taming of the Shrew).

The problem is that the Shakespeare's Globe On Screen website doesn't seem to be up to date: it doesn't list any screenings in my state at all, but on the off chance I went to the website of the cinema that held screenings last time, and it turns out that there's a screening of Henry V, with Jamie Parker, next week. So, you know, thanks for the heads-up, Globe; it's not like I subscribe to your newsletter and follow you on Twitter or anything, oh wait.)

(And of course, I can't go, because I've agreed to some work obligations that evening. This is not a real hardship, I guess, because I've had the DVD for over a year, I think, and have watched it several times (…including once last month). But I probably would have bought a ticket just to support the enterprise, if I'd known it was happening! And while I also have the DVD for Twelfth Night, I deliberately chose to wait on the DVDs for Midsummer and The Tempest, even though I was standing in the Globe gift shop in July, so I would really appreciate some information about if and when those screenings might actually be happening. And I want to see the Eve Best-directed Macbeth, as well, even though I didn't stand there weighing the DVD in my hands as I did with the others…)

I mean, I want to give you my money, Globe. Why are you making this so difficult for me to do?
the cold genius: geoffrey frettingangevin2 on September 22nd, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
I am SO ANGRY because the theater that's showing them in my area (which is also not listed on the Globe On Screen website, although that might be the theater's fault, idk) has in its infinite wisdom scheduled them ALL ON TUESDAY NIGHTS. DURING MY NIGHT CLASS. I am the MOST LOYAL VIEWER IN ST. LOUIS (I have been to EVERY SCREENING SINCE THEY STARTED DOING THEM) and I CANNOT GO TO THEM and I am REALLY UPSET.

I have offered my students extra credit if they bring me a ticket stub and a 200-word review, but they didn't seem very enthusiastic even though they can get up to 60 points of extra credit if they go to all five plus the RSC Two Gentlemen of Verona.
tempestsarekind: geoffreytempestsarekind on September 23rd, 2014 12:40 am (UTC)
UGH, I'm so sorry, that sucks!

Also, boo to your students. Like, I can understand not wanting to pay $15 a pop (that's how much the screenings cost here, anyway) for the whole set, but going to one with some friends would be so fun! And then you get extra credit! This seems like a very nice and totally magnanimous thing for you to offer.

I'm sad I missed 2GV - it was this weekend, and I had the school camping trip - because I've never actually seen the play, and I'm not sure I'll have many opportunities. Ah well.
the cold genius: korra is unhappy by piconzangevin2 on September 23rd, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
Well, the RSC releases DVDs of their productions eventually, or at least they did with Richard II and I dunno if they're going to do it with all of the ones they show or not, but I have heard rumors of Doran wanting to release the whole history cycle on DVD, and I haven't really looked for info about a DVD release for Two Gents (anyway, the production is still running). But I'd buy it if it came out, in case I ever wanted to teach the play -- it was a pretty good production, although it's a weird play and the girls are way too cool to have such awful (for Julia) and insipid (for Silvia) boyfriends.

Also, when I handed out the instructions for the extra credit assignment one of my students looked at me disgustedly and said "Can't we just pay you $15 for the extra credit?" WHY DO I EVEN BOTHER.
tempestsarekind: wtf?tempestsarekind on September 23rd, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
"Can't we just pay you $15 for the extra credit?"


As for Julia and Silvia: I know. I wrote about Proteus in the dissertation because he actually makes a point that is key to how I see Shakespearean comedy ("And he wants wit that wants resolved will / To learn his wit to exchange the bad for better"), in that my theory is all about how the characters make comedy happen through stubborn cleverness and hope (aka all of my Pond feelings as well) - but it was very trying to have Proteus be the one who says this, since he is terrible. At least with Valentine I could give him a little bit of the benefit of the doubt and say that he's just been totally disillusioned by betrayal, but there is no good side to Proteus.
the cold genius: lucreziaangevin2 on September 24th, 2014 05:26 am (UTC)
Valentine isn't really a bad guy or anything, but the one in the RSC production wasn't charming enough to make up for his deficiencies in the intellectual department, so you don't really get what Silvia (WHO IS SO COOL OMG) sees in him. (They should have cast Oliver Rix, the Best and Most Adorable of All Aumerles. ;)) Proteus is just a shit though (and I'm not characteristically hard on the male characters in the comedies, but most of them aren't attempted rapists). I liked that in the RSC production they didn't have Julia instantly forgive him: the image of all four lovers holding hands had her holding Silvia's hand and Proteus holding Valentine's, and the final image is of Julia and Proteus regarding each other warily as the lights went down. So they might get back together, but there's a lot of work to do first.
tempestsarekind: thomas kenttempestsarekind on September 24th, 2014 12:32 pm (UTC)
I'm not characteristically hard on the male characters in the comedies, but most of them aren't attempted rapists

Well, yeah, there is that. :)

I actually can't imagine a modern production having Julia just accept Proteus without reservation, although I'm sure there must have been some.
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the cold geniusangevin2 on September 24th, 2014 05:26 am (UTC)
You can buy the DVD though! It's already screened in the UK and they tend to release the DVDs right away.
tempestsarekind: hey nonny nonnytempestsarekind on September 24th, 2014 12:40 pm (UTC)
This is true! I almost bought the DVD of Midsummer while I was in the Globe gift shop in July, but didn't have room in my suitcase for that *and* the books I wanted to buy before I left. :)
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tempestsarekind: posner and scrippstempestsarekind on September 28th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
Fair enough. :) I wouldn't mind paying that much for something I knew I'd want to watch again, but that's why I didn't buy the DVDs this summer (and did buy Jamie Parker's Henry V without seeing it first).
tempestsarekind: all the world's a stagetempestsarekind on September 24th, 2014 12:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's nice to hear about the Macbeth - it sounds really interesting!

I don't know why these theaters are so stingy with the screenings, really. I can understand wanting to make them a special occasion, but at the same time - especially in a city like London, which can support a lot more cinemas - why wouldn't you at least spread them out a bit? What if someone loved the production so much they wanted to see it again?

[I'm especially miffed about this with the NT Live screenings, because they did, like, four different showings for Hiddleston's Coriolanus - not that I managed to get a ticket to any of them before they sold out - and they're doing yet another run of the Jonny Lee Miller/Benedict Cumberbatch Frankenstein around Halloween, so there is clearly no contract or intrinsic reason that would keep them from showing, say, Adrian Lester's Othello one more time so I could see it again. :) Although what I would love is a DVD so I could show it to my students.]
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tempestsarekind: all the world's a stagetempestsarekind on September 28th, 2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
To be marginally fair to them, as far as I'm aware the National Theatre hasn't put out any DVDs of any of their broadcasts - although I don't understand why, because there would be a market for them! And the theater in general isn't doing so well that they can afford to scorn other revenue streams...