sooooooo fyi? that RSC Richard II? bring a tissue. or seven (sons of edward).
I feel like someone just gutted me with a barbed scepter.
1) It looked like David was wearing Ian Richardson’s ring in a couple of scenes; he wore it over a pair of gloves so as, I would assume, to prevent it falling off again during performance as it did once already, plinking down into the bowels of the stage from above, as lovingly tweeted not so long ago by dear Nigel Lindsay himself.
2) There was a scene early on where David was snootily plucking and choosing candies (?) from a bowl held for him by a servant. The first few he tossed back onto the tray after quickly deciding they were not of appropriate quality or what have you. One of these, not by design I think but merely by accident, fell out of David’s hand to the stage floor at his feet.
David stopped, looked down at the piece by his feet, looked back up and continued on snacking. I thought that even though this likely wasn’t planned, it added a perfect little something to the characterization of Richard. I mean, if you were chosen by God to lead your country, would you care to pick up a candy that fell to the floor? Certainly not! (That’s what Aumerle’s for.)
Meanwhile, the another camera picked up the action on the other side of the stage, and when we see Richard again, the candy is gone from the floor.
I got to see Richard II today at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, finally, and It. Was. AMAZING.
As has been said before - and really, even if it hadn’t, would it really be a big surprise? It is the RSC after all - everyone in the production was stellar, from David Tennant to Oliver Rix, Jane Lapotaire to Keith Osborn (who played two roles).
Toward the beginning, David was deliciously prissy and preening. Head often held high, always self righteous and mighty, at times witty and charming, other times booming and scary. He was a commanding presence every time he set foot on stage.
The scene with Aumerle on the balcony. Beautiful. Heart-wrenchingly beautiful.
To date I have yet to see any photos or even much in the way of description of Richard’s dungeon/death scene other than a mention of the fact that it is in a portion of the stage that it set down just below the surface of it. You have to see it to understand just how gorgeous and amazing this is - indeed the staging and lighting of the entire play is simply magnificent and quite unlike anything I have ever seen. But the scene itself is played out, again, just beautifully. If David doesn’t get an Olivier nomination for this performance, I’ll eat my hat. That man is just disgustingly talented.
The presentation of the play itself was very impressive. I wonder if it will be transferred to DVD exactly as it was shown in theatres. (I hope so.)
Before the film began, we were shown bits of the Production Diaries that the RSC has been releasing since rehearsals began in August as well as a quick chat with Greg Doran and an interview with David. There was a great feeling of excitement as it was presented live from the RST itself as the audience were taking their seats. It was like watching the Oscars red carpet pre-show.
At intermission, the camera stayed on the stage, house lights up, as the RST audience left their seats and a clock set to 10:00 began to count down. When the ten minutes were over and people wandered back in (to our own theatre as well as the RST) the host quickly interviewed Michael Pennington (John of Gaunt) and Jane Lapotaire (Duchess of Gloucester). Jane had quite a funny reply to a question posed by the host about the challenge of acting and Pennington spoke quite intelligently on many topics relating to theater and performing.
If I remember anything else worth mentioning, I’ll post it later. I was wishing I was taking notes during the whole thing because there were so many things I wanted to remember and mention here but I’m sure I’ve forgotten numerous things. I’m also still digesting everything.
I was happy to see a very sizable turn out for the showing today! I heard a mention by some ladies behind me of Broadchurch and someone else of ‘her Doctor’, so I know there were at least a handful of David Tennant fans in the audience and I expect not a single one of us was let down. I went in having a fair idea of what to expect but this completely surpassed my expectations in every way. Even my husband was glad to have went; he thanked me for getting tickets to see it and I didn’t even know if he’d be interested in seeing it at all when I bought them. Overall it was an amazing experience. I can only imagine what it must have been/be like to be in the actual RST audience to see it in person.
There is no such thing as “too many pictures of David Tennant’s face”.
- “Obviously the sculptor was so enamoured of your figure that you got to be the model for the whole thing”
- BUT THEN THE DOCTOR WAS THE ONE WHO SCULPTED THAT SCULPTURE OF ROSE
- HE WAS TALKING ABOUT HIMSELF TO HER
Saul Metzstein: The really interesting shot we did [there], which is what Doctor Who has always wanted to do and never actually done, is the shot when you see the TARDIS as a box and you go into it in one shot. And we finally managed to do the “It’s bigger on the inside” shot.
IF YOURE EVER SCARED TO TALK TO ME DONT BE BECAUSE ODDS ARE THAT IF YOU MESSAGE ME ILL SQUEAL LIKE A LITTLE GIRL AND TAKE 10 MINUTES TO DECIDE THE BEST POSSIBLE THING TO SAY TO YOU BECAUSE YOURE AWESOME AND I LOVE YOU