"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Globe at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
make themselves very much at home in the Playhouse.
Comus gets the full dramatic treatment
in Lucy Bailey's brilliant production, the first show of Emma Rice's
first indoor season at Shakespeare's Globe.
All The Angels – getting a return run after Christmas – there
is a behind-the-scenes frame, in this case a gently subversive,
richly comical look at how the masque came to be staged, all closely
based on the historical facts, it appears. The commissions, the
family scandal, the children and the servants pressed into
performance. And Mr Laws, deferentially directing,
and taking the Prologue and the Attendant Spirit.
Barlow's brilliant script – fear not, Milton survives almost
unscathed – and Lucy Bailey's imaginative direction make for a
fascinating 100 minutes.
fine cast, including Globe regulars Philip Cumbus as Laws, and Danny
Lee Wynter as the satyrish Comus himself, somewhere between Prospero
and Caliban. The youngsters are Rob Callendar and Theo Cowan as the
brothers, and Emma Curtis as daughter Alice who plays the Lady, and
takes Comus' tabor at the end, refusing to accept the subservient
conclusion Milton might suggest - a
“different lesson” indeed.
magnificent Playhouse effects – the Spirit flies in, the Monstrous
Rout – dissolute dryads, hideous-headed monsters of the woods -
are all but washed away by the stream that
runs from beneath the stage and flows through the pit and out into
the foyer. It's also the home of Natasha
Magigi's splendid Sabrina.
and wonderful” is how it's being sold. And so it is, a very
promising start to the winter of Wonder Noir.