Monday, 4 April 2016


For the last couple of nights, I've been settling down after dinner with Shakespeare's Henry VI trilogy, the latest tranche of the BBC's utterly thrilling series The Hollow Crown which is coming next month. (Is it really three years since the last instalment? It can't be!)
Why wasn't Shakespeare like this when I did it at school and always found the history plays dreary?
Everybody you've ever heard of is in it ... and you're on the edge of your seat even though you know what's coming next. Sophie Okenedo is a brilliantly evil Margaret of Anjou and if I'd been at the Rose Theatre in 1592 I'd have been hissing.
I get very excited these days when I see Edward IV ever since spending a night in his bedroom last summer in the tower where he was imprisoned at Warwick Castle.  I sat up until the early hours curled up in the window seat hoping for a ghost. Actually,  this Shakespearean Edward is greasy-haired and shaggy, and the ghost I'd packed my best M&S nightie for was the handsome chap from The White Queen series.

Next up, Richard III - and Benedict Cumberbatch is shaping up nicely as a blood-chilling villain creepily kissing those babies...

5 comments:

Sunday Taylor said...

Oh, does this sound good. I'm hoping that The Hollow Crown makes it to the states. Benedict Cumberbatch and the others, what a cast! "Outlander" starts next weekend, but I could definitely use another addictive series! This sounds perfect.

Sue said...

This should fill the Night Manager shaped hole in my life.

mary said...

I wish they'd repeat the earlier plays,Sunday - I'd be happy to run a Shakespeare marathon but they've disappeared from iPlayer. The costumes in the trailers for Outlander look fabulous, don't they?

The Night Manager left such a hole in mine,Sue. I thought Undercover might do the trick but it's getting silly.

Sue said...

I shall wait for all 8 plays to be box-setted.

mary said...

The first series is already a box-set,Sue. Up to Henry V.