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Just finished watching King Charles III on PBS. Tim Pigott-Smith was quite moving, and there were lots of Shakespearean echoes (Kate is clearly being cast as Lady Macbeth, and even says "Cry havoc" at one point). Charlotte Riley as Kate is maybe not quite soft enough - which is to say that she plays the Lady Macbeth side of things aptly, but it's hard to imagine her as public Kate. (One of the puzzling things about the play/adaptation: how much are we meant to rely on what we "know" of these figures currently?)

Not totally sure how I felt about the blank verse; I'd need to give it another listen, probably. I like the idea of it, though.

Of course, there are many old friends - and some new! - among the cast: Charlotte Riley from the Wuthering Heights adaptation from a few years back, and Jonathan Strange; Adam James who played Don Pedro opposite David Tennant in Much Ado (and other things; he pops up a lot). Peculiarly, there were three cast members who'd just acted opposite each other in Twelfth Night at the National Theatre: Tamara Lawrance (Viola), Oliver Chris (Orsino), and Tim McMullan (Sir Toby). This is particularly peculiar since, of the three, apparently only Oliver Chris was in the theatrical run.

Date: 2017-05-16 09:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chelseagirl
Ah! That's where I know Charlotte Riley from.

I really enjoyed it; over Christmas break I had indexed Sally Bedell Smith's new Charles bio, so I felt . . . less distance? . . . than I usually would from these people.

Tim Piggott-Smith was in the first two plays I ever saw on Broadway back in the 70s when I was a kid growing up in the outer ranges of suburbia. It was nice that he had such a strong role as his final project.

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