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Benedict Cumberbatch: The dream came true … and succeeded.

Benedict Cumberbatch: The dream came true … and succeeded.

From August 5 to October 31, 2015 was the exact time when the brilliant British actor Benedict Cumberbatch became the Danish Prince that one day out of the hands inky and prodigious imagination of William Shakespeare and he called “Hamlet“.

Since then, with total deserving much is what has been said about this new theatrical version which caused great excitement even a year before its release, selling out all their tickets in a short time. Since then, with total deserving, much is what has been said about this new theatrical version which caused great excitement even a year before its release, selling out all their tickets in a short time. They expected great things from it and especially of its principal actor who dreamed of playing this character throughout his life. A dream comes true for him and for all the lucky ones who could see him, along with an exceptional cast at the Barbican Theatre.

I must admit that I was one of those privileged to have the opportunity to see and experience, as always when I go to London theatre was unique, intense and magical. All the good things have been said about this version is deserved. I found a display of talent of actors and actresses on stage.

For me the theater is or should be that place where man meets the actor and the actor with the man. A mixture which must be perfect to be able to transmit to the audience every feeling on it. And Benedict Cumberbatch gets it and no doubt. He leaves the skin, sweat, laughter and even tears in a vibrant adaptation which’s what made him to get Best Actor in a Play in WhatsOnStage Awards of this year. Also Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet has received four Oliver Award nominations, including best actor for his portrayal of the Shakespearean prince Hamlet.

This has been a perfect excuse to remember that moment at the Barbican Theatre … watching as the curtain rises and find a Hamlet listening to the song of Nat King Cole: Nature Boy playing on an old record player.

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Congratulations.

 

Directed by por Lyndsey Turner

Produced by por Sonia Friedman Production

Photo credit by Johan Persson

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For a full list of nominations, go to: http://www.olivierawards.com/nominations/view/item274537/best-revival/

 
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Publicado por en marzo 7, 2016 en Actors, Theatre

 

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Macbeth (Film Review) | Seroword

Macbeth (Film Review) | Seroword

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4.5 / 5 One of the most famous and familiar plays from Shakespeare, Macbeth is the bloody tale of one man’s prophesy driven quest to achieve power. It’s hard to come across anyone who doesn’t know the story of Macbeth; the play is studied in schools at early ages and has seen countless adaptations, however, this rendition by director Justin Kurzel offers an unforeseen amount to the renowned play.

Kurzel’s most obvious success here derives from the excellent cast that he has attracted to his film. With Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the lead roles and an extremely talented roster of actors supporting them, Shakespeare’s original dialogue truly comes alive with perfect delivery and emotion. Similar to the play, the entire film hinges on the performance of the actors, yet Kurzel is able to skilfully weave in dramatic battle scenes and also present a beautiful Scottish landscape with expert…

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Publicado por en noviembre 12, 2015 en Actors, Movies

 

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Sonnet 73 by Shakespeare

Sonnet 73 By WWilliam Shakespeare (1609)

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That time of year thou mayst in me behold

When yellow leaves none, or few, do hang

Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,

Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.

In me thou see’st the twilight of such day

As after sunset fadeth in the west;

Which by and by black night doth take away,

Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire,

That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,

As the deathbed whereon it must expire,

Consumed with that which it was nourished by.

This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,

To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

 
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Publicado por en noviembre 3, 2014 en Poems, Shakespeare

 

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“This is the winter of our discontent” … and Martin Freeman was Richard III

“This is the winter of our discontent” … and Martin Freeman was Richard III

Transformed Trafalgar is located in the heart of London, five minutes from the famous Trafalgar Square in the iconic Trafalgar Studios in Whitehall. His second season started full of politically-charged, with an amazing new production of Richard III, the historical play written approximately in 1952 by William Shakespeare. Directed by James Lloyd and the wonderful actor Martin  Freeman as the undisputed star in the role of Richard III, this peculiar adaptation reached its final performance on 27 September with great public success and moderated criticism.

If who had the opportunity to see it thought at some point that they were going to find a classic and entirely conventional adaptation of Richard III by Shakespeare, I am totally convinced that changed their opinion as the play began. They have found a vibrant, innovative, interesting and exciting production. Just needed to open the mind and let in this new approach to this classic. If in addition they got a front row seat, I hope you’d be careful with blood splatter (like me) in this bloody rise to power that undertakes Richard III.

If Iago allow me, I would say that Richard III could be the biggest villain in Shakespeare highlighting among many other things, for all those amusing moments and sinister scenes adorned with comicality in a long, dark and very bloody journey to his way to the throne. A character full of much literary wealth (as everything is in Shakespeare) always carries a risk and at the same time, a challenging to interpret in any environment.

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In this case, the challenge was released to splendid actor Martin Freeman who in my humble opinion of spectator has been able to give all that requires a character of these features, with the added difficulty involved in having located far from his natural period. This means that the director Jamie Lloyd decided to reinvent to Shakespeare and moving story of Richard III to Great Britain in 1970s, adapting the events at that time with the story written by Shakespeare.

Perhaps here is where it gets more risky this new production. This change was one of the most censored by critics but is just a part that I consider makes this production a referent. At first it overflows and you can feel confused by the drastic change in the environment in which the play takes place respect to the original. The setting is centered in an office and the building is located is established as the basis for the military have taken over in response to industrial and economic problems of the country, in which the characters talk, argue, give campaign speeches, fight and murder. The set design created by Soutra Gilmour is superb. It focuses on desktops, TVs, conference tables, office phones and aquariums that become an improvised battlefield, as the play progresses. Two elevators on both sides give input and output characters and situations, all in a frantic rhythm, where actors and especially Mr. Freeman interacts with the audience allowing them to share his purposes, in a tone of dark and perverse humor. A task which is particularly difficult to carry out for an actor without seeming forced, faked or lack of seriousness. Martin Freeman gets it perfectly.

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26DE0F00F-A8D0-681D-C07BA6CDAF149939Complete the production a group of actors and actresses difficult to forget for their brilliant work. I love this part of the theater that in giving you the opportunity to discover new names to form as part of your emotions lived under the magic of theater. Highlight the beautiful actress Gina McKee who knows how to express the anguish, anger and pain of a totally cornered woman as Queen Elizabeth.

Finally, I would end up talking a little more about Martin Freeman. His reputation about knowing how to give perfect rhythm and interesting approaches to texts comedy is more than deserved, just like his ability to make you shudder, terrifying and thrilling at the same time. He’s perfect, immense reciting lines from Shakespeare so mythical as “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!.”

In short, a show that may have gotten closer to a new audience and excited too old. With the legendary phrase: “Now is the winter of our discontent” Richard III begins his speech. In my case I would say this was the summer of my content, my theater, in my second home: London.

Thank you all for your time reading my reflections. I hope to able to forgive if with my poor English I have offended the word of the master Shakespeare.

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Publicado por en octubre 6, 2014 en Actors, Actresses, Shakespeare, Theatre

 

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Hollow Crown Fans – A great website and much more.

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What began as an admiration for a wonderful television series such as BBC Shakespeare Series “The Hollow Crown” starring Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Rory Kinnear and more, has become a benchmark to spread works by Shakespeare. In addition to its twitter account (@hollowcrownfans) and tumblr (http://hollowcrownfans.tumblr.com/), you can now follow them in its wonderful website (http://www.hollowcrownfans.com/). A complete and professional site which I recommend you if you would know more about this tv series, works by Shakespeare, actors and actresses who have represented his works, lastest news and much more.

If you like Shakespeare, this site is most recommended. Sure you find it very interesting, fun and educational.

In this PBS Video, the British actor Tom Hiddleston talking about The Hollow Crown, social media and what is #ShakespeareSunday.

 
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Publicado por en agosto 25, 2014 en Actors, Actresses, Shakespeare, Television

 

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Sonnet 71 – William Shakespeare

Sonnet 71 – William Shakespeare

Every year on April 23, Stratford-upon-Avon and the world celebrate the birth of the most famous playwright in English history. The year 2014 marked the 450th anniversary of his birth. The birth of the playwright is marked every April 23, but experts disagree on whether that is true, as some believe baptism records of April 26, 1564, suggests that he was born three days before, as was typical, but others say it could not have happened so quickly.
It matters little to us who love his work this little anecdote about his birth. William Shakespeare left us a legacy unprecedented and will continue to amaze and fascinate new generations.

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Soneto 71

Cuando haya muerto, llórame tan sólo
mientras escuches la campana triste,
anunciadora al mundo de mi fuga
del mundo vil hacia el gusano infame.
Y no evoques, si lees esta rima,
la mano que la escribe, pues te quiero
tanto que hasta tu olvido prefiriera
a saber que te amarga mi memoria.
Pero si acaso miras estos versos
cuando del barro nada me separe,
ni siquiera mi pobre nombre digas
y que tu amor conmigo se marchite,
para que el sabio en tu llorar no indague
y se burle de ti por el ausente.

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Sonnet 71

No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell

Give warning to the world that I am fled
From this vile world with vilest worms to dwell:
Nay, if you read this line, remember not
The hand that writ it, for I love you so,
That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot,
If thinking on me then should make you woe.
O! if, I say, you look upon this verse,
When I perhaps compounded am with clay,
Do not so much as my poor name rehearse;
But let your love even with my life decay;
   Lest the wise world should look into your moan,
   And mock you with me after I am gone.

 
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Publicado por en abril 25, 2014 en Poems, Shakespeare

 

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Sonnet 98 – William Shakespeare

Sonnet 98 – William Shakespeare

             SONNET 98

From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud pied April, dressed in all his trim,

Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leapt with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue,
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew:
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
   Yet seemed it winter still, and you away,
   As with your shadow I with these did play.

 
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Publicado por en abril 13, 2014 en Poems

 

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