"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Monday, May 25, 2015
JULIAN GLOVER'S BEOWULF
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Listen!” The story-teller captures our attention, and keeps it for
an hour or more, recounting one of the earliest tales to be written
down from the great oral tradition of Norse myth.
makes it all so immediate – the fire flickering in the Great Hall,
, the “foam-throated
seafarer on the ocean's swell”the
dread dragon, the hand of Grendel; they all appear at his bidding in
surprising funny in parts, and impressively physical. Occasional
snatches of the rich original add to the mythic quality, and the
candlelit playhouse recalls the convivial hall of Heorot.
meant to be told to rapt listeners
of course, and for the thirty or more years Glover has been bringing
these heroes, monsters and mythical beasts to audiences of all kinds.
now, at the age of eighty, he's hanging up Beowulf's broad sword, and
in a low-key but very moving ceremony, he handed the mantle to his
son, Jamie, who will keep the story alive for another generation.