The Hollow Crown
A small but appreciative audience had the
opportunity to see some of our finest actors performing in this much loved
production from the RSC repertoire, which replaces the previously advertised
production of Hecuba with Vanessa Redgrave.
Originally created by John Barton for the RSC
in 1961, this entertaining and witty melange of music, poems and speeches
chronicles the lives, foibles and in some cases painful deaths of our great and
not so great kings and queens.
Harriet Walter has an effortless charm about
her, against an interesting line-up of grumpy old men - alias Donald Sinden,
Alan Howard and Richard Johnson. The script bounds along, picking out hallowed
moments in history which are often delivered with great gusto and much glee.
Sinden is particularly adept at bringing out the comedy in these tragic moments
and lifting the whole enjoyment of the production. As are Alan Howard and
Richard Johnson, both of whom bring numerous historical characters to life with
a wry sense of humour and knowing glances. Walter excels in her interpretation
of Jane Austens partial, prejudiced and ignorant historians
account of the monarchy from Henry IV to Charles I, which is both playful
and entertaining with constant references to her adored Mary, Queen of Scots.
Musical interludes break up the dialogue to great effect and include the
memorable Vicar of Bray, sung by Stephen Gray.
Devised by John Barton, who also directs
Cast: Richard Johnson, Harriet Walter, Alan Howard,
The Stage Online,