I’ve been longing to get back to my Shakespeare project for a while but the next play is a bit daunting in all: in length (as it is in two parts and I refuse to split them up), in subject matter, and complexity.
In the words of David Mitchell’s Upstart Crow: “I feel another Henry coming on.”
So, as with previous plays, I’ll read the play but also look to some other productions to glimpse how different performances interpret the material.
As daunting as I find the prospect of the text, I am actually really looking forward to the productions.
The Arkangel productions have so far all been excellent, and I have no doubt that their Henry IVs will also be great.
However, I most look forward to seeing the Donmar Warehouse production starring Harriet Walter and the relevant episodes in The Hollow Crown. … I re-watched the excellent RII part of The Hollow Crown this afternoon to get in the right frame of context again.
I don’t want to rush this, but it should make for fabulous evenings this week.