‘As You Like It’ – The Wrestling Scene – Daniel Maclise – 1854

'As You Like It' - The Wrestling Scene - Daniel Maclise - 1854

‘As You Like It’ – The Wrestling Scene – Daniel Maclise – 1854

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Richard III – Antony Sher – Barbican Centre – 1985

In 1985, I was lucky to see Antony Sher’s Richard III at the Barbican Theatre. The brilliant reviews for Bill Alexander’s direction and Sher’s interpretation were frustated by the fact that every seat was taken and it looked like I would never get to see it.

Then they decided to to do one special performance for “Live Aid” and I was lucky enough to get 4 tickets.

It was worth the wait: Sher’s performance was ‘electric’.

The cast included: Antony Sher, Roger Allam, Pete Postlethwaite, Penny Downie, Sarah Woodward, Malcolm Storry, Patricia Routledge, John Carlisle, Jim Hooper, Christopher Ravenscroft.

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Death of Ophelia announced by Gertrude

Death of Ophelia announced by Gertrude

Death of Ophelia announced by Gertrude
from Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Gertrude:

There is a willow grows aslant a brook,
That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream.
There with fantastic garlands did she come
Of crowflowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples,
That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
But our cold maids do dead men’s fingers call them.
There on the pendant boughs her coronet weeds
Clamb’ring to hang, an envious sliver broke,
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up;
Which time she chaunted snatches of old tunes,
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element; but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death

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Note:

Ophelia’s father Polonius has been murdered by Hamlet her lover. Driven out of her mind, she drowns herself in a stream.

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