Sunday, September 07, 2014

Janie Dee in Globe Dream - coming to China!

To the Rose Theatre last night to see our friend Janie Dee in the wonderful Globe Theatre production of A Midsummer Night's Dream which will be touring Russia, China (incl HK and Taipei) and Singapore.

The production is a delight and both Janie (as Hippolyta and Titanya) and Aden Gillett (as Theseus and Oberon), with whom she often collaborates, are excellent. I have never seen a better set of Mechanicals and the "business" when they finally perform their play in front of the court, on a wheel-on miniature version of the Globe stage, is absolutely hilarious: Trevor Fox as Bottom, Brendan O'Hea as Quince and Richard Bremmer as Snug were all terriffic.   It was only the second night they had performed together in front of a live audience and I'm sure it will be even better when it has been touring.

Oberon, Bottom and Janie as Titanya
It brings out the back-story of Hippolyta as a semi-conquered Amazon Queen more than I have seen before. And the fascinating programme note by Tiffany Stern brings out some more of the comic elements of the play-within-a-play.

They will be in Shanghai 19/20/21 Sept,  Guangzhuo 26/27 Sept and in HK (19-23 Nov) and Beijing 26-30 Nov  at the National Center for Performing Arts. They will also be in Taipei and Russia but I don't know the dates. Do get there if you can!


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