Tagged with Simon Russell Beale

No Waiting for Mendes’ Lear @ National Theatre Live

Within the first ten seconds that National Theatre Live’s “King Lear” opens on the screen, minus any credit roll or “Tour London Now” commercial distraction, Simon Russell Beale storms through immense leaden upstage center doors into the austere, militaristic, shadowy set like a mad bull on a rampage and snatches the ominous, dread-filled scene by … Continue reading

NT Live’s Occupy Nation: Timon of Athens

“It’s one lo-ong howl of disgust and outrage”: Britain’s National Theatre stage director Nicholas Hytner describes his company’s modern dress production of Shakespeare’s troubling play “Timon of Athens” with pride and a hint of anticipatory warning. Indeed, it’s a perfect example of how Shakespeare’s work holds apt relevance for today’s issues. Written in collaboration with … Continue reading