Monday, 22 December 2008

I am determined to prove a villian....

I never cease to be amazed how the plays of Shakespeare are constantly reinterpreted. Last evening, I thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation of Richard III. The musical setting of Christopher Marlowe's poem and the homage to Glenn Miller are delightful, the parallels with the British Royal Family of the time perhaps less so......


Set in 1930s England, the country rages with a bloody Civil War that ends with the assassination of the King. His successor, Edward, and his American-born wife, Queen Elizabeth, have three children, and the throne finally seems secure for generations to come. But Edward's charismatic and power-hungry youngest brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, has other ideas...

Richard, whilst cutting a dashing figure, was far from blessed with classic good looks. Deformed from birth, bearing a hunchback and withered left arm, he nonetheless overcame his physical difficulties by compensating with devastating charm, wit, courage and guile.

In other words, all the tools of the trade to be the perfect seducer of women and charmer and leader of men. Armed with such formidable talent, he sets about realising his ultimate dream: the Throne of England!

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