Much Ado Review

Oh damn you, David Tennant. Just when I was growing old gracefully and getting over you, I had to go and see Much Ado and fall in love with you all over again!

Even the critics who have a bit of a down on this production, and populist Shakespeare generally, are finding it hard to fault him as Benedick. He just lights up the stage and his comic timing is a masterpiece. I have never laughed so much at a “let’s hide behind this bush/pillar/rock and evesdrop” scene in Shakespeare as much in my life – every little gesture was spot on, right down to the hand sneaking around the pillar and groping folornly for an abandoned drink.

He’s just so completely relaxed and in command of the audience – making the transition from dialogue to interior monologue to soliloquy quite effortless – the moment when he’s persuading himself that Beatrice’s grudging “Against my will I am sent to call you in to dinner” is a subtle declaration of love is a delight. The moment of truth (literally) for any Benedick, however, is “Kill Claudio” – everything hangs on the beat immediately after those words and his response. I don’t think CT helped by doing a kind of silly chicken dance and some very odd whoops when she realised B loved her – it takes a male lead with real acting chops to rescue a moment like that and he really came through. It was quite possible to imagine him following through on a challenge to Claudio.

The production itself…well, I remember the Eighties and I loved all the little touches like the Rubrik’s Cube. They did some amazing things with the music – a Madonna-style, “Come away, come away death” and a truly hilarious tomb scene with Claudio emoting to some Yes-style heavy metal (the words “Pardon, goddess of the night,” do fit very well!). I think the danger with all updates is that you have to try and stitch them together with the early-modern original, and following a promiscuous drunken hen night with public accusations that Hero is damaged goods is somewhat problematic. If you can handwave that, the setting works reasonably well.

Hate to say it, but I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant. There were some hilarious moments – I loved the scene where, suffering a heavy cold, she wipes her nose on the train of Hero’s wedding dress and rolls up in it – but it was a little bit too much stand-up and not quite well enough integrated with the Shakespeare for me. She did the put-down lines well – a bit less assured when she has to reveal genuine feeling and vulnerability. Still, outshining Tennant is a big ask and it was a wonderfully entertaining evening all round.

I think what I love the most about DT is the delight he takes in his work – that smile that could light up a whole room just floods over his face at the end and it’s absolutely infectious. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

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308 thoughts on “Much Ado Review

  1. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.
    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.
    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?
    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  2. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  3. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  4. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  5. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  6. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  7. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  8. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  9. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  10. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  11. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  12. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  13. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  14. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  15. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  16. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  17. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  18. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  19. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  20. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  21. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  22. Damn the man. Just when I thought I was over him, too.

    I thought it was just me. Double-damn him.

    I agree with your review, especially CT’s portrayal. It was a bit too stand-up for me as well. I had always imagined Beatrice as a bit more vulnerable and less – I don’t know the word – nasty? Mean?

    I basically started my London trip with MAAN and finished it off the night before I left with a second go ’round with MAAN. It was like having the cherry on top, eating the cake in between, and getting a bonus cherry on top!

  23. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  24. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  25. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  26. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  27. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  28. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  29. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  30. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  31. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  32. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  33. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  34. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  35. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  36. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  37. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  38. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  39. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  40. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  41. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  42. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  43. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  44. Oh, lucky lucky you! I would love to see it again. Still, I can’t complain. I also saw Faustus (with Arthur Darvill) at the Globe and Kaven Spacey as Richard III at the Vic. Not bad for a long weekend!

  45. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant
    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.
    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.
    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  46. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  47. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  48. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  49. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  50. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  51. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  52. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  53. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  54. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  55. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  56. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  57. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  58. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  59. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  60. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  61. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  62. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  63. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  64. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  65. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  66. I don’t think CT was quite in the same league as Tennant

    I thought the same thing – but as you say, it’s hard to outshine him and she does a pretty good job of holding her own in the circumstances.

    Overall though, the pair of them together are almost more than the sum of their parts, if you see what I mean; and I’m impressed that they’re both clearly aware of the ways in which they complement each other by choosing to do this particular play together.

    And WORD to the last paragraph. Although I don’t plan on getting over him just yet 🙂

  67. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.
    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )
    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂
    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  68. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  69. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  70. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  71. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  72. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  73. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  74. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  75. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  76. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  77. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  78. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  79. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  80. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  81. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  82. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  83. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  84. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  85. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  86. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  87. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  88. Oh ho, so not just you. Agreed on much of this – in particular, that CT just doesn’t quite have the stage chops (or recent theatre experience, perhaps) to pull off the lightning changes of mood that Much Ado demands – “Kill Claudio” being a case in point (she accidentally got a laugh for that the night we went) and that DT’s ability to transform the atmosphere in an instant rescued her several times.

    (See my review here if you’re interested now you’ve seen it 😉 )

    He was fabulous in the paint scene 🙂

    And yes, the fact that he was splitting his face for grinning during his curtain calls was completely endearing. Bless the man. (More theatre, David! You know you want to!)

  89. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  90. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  91. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  92. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  93. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  94. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  95. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  96. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  97. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  98. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  99. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  100. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  101. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  102. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  103. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  104. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  105. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  106. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  107. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  108. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  109. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  110. I saw AD in Faustus while I was there too! The Shakespeare Globe is an amazing performance space. I enjoyed it immensely. Well, really there’s wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about London. Well, except maybe the jostling around on the Tube, but that’s just a living-in-the-city thing you find everywhere.

  111. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  112. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  113. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  114. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  115. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  116. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  117. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  118. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  119. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  120. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  121. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  122. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  123. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  124. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  125. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  126. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  127. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  128. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  129. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  130. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  131. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  132. Beatrice is quite a tricky role. Uniquely in the great Shakespearian trio of comedies, she doesn’t get the opportunity to disguise herself as a male. It’s important that she remains ladylike and doesn’t sink into hoydenish sulking – we need to be able to see the vulnerability beneath the wit. And I felt CT lacked that subtlety.

  133. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.
    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  134. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  135. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  136. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  137. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  138. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  139. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  140. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  141. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  142. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  143. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  144. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  145. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  146. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  147. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  148. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  149. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  150. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  151. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  152. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  153. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  154. I always stay in the LSE building just behind the Globe on Bankside, and cross the river by barge. Much more restful, and convenient, since it docks at th Embankment, and it gives me a lovely feeling of travelling as Shakespeare did.

    I thought Arthur D had lost weight…I suppose he did have quite an athletic role, riding dragons and all that.

  155. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.
    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  156. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  157. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  158. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  159. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  160. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  161. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  162. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  163. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  164. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  165. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  166. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  167. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  168. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  169. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  170. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  171. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  172. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  173. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  174. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  175. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  176. Now that I have a little sense of the layout of London, I think for my next visit I would be more open to a different (less central) hotel location. I was right off of Russell Square this time around. Very noisy at night, but I’m not sure if that was location or just being in a city.

    I hear dragon riding burns a lot of calories, but I understand living in Hell can also sweat the weight right off too.

  177. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  178. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  179. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  180. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  181. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  182. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  183. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  184. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  185. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  186. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  187. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  188. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  189. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  190. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  191. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  192. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  193. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  194. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  195. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  196. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  197. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  198. That’s pretty much exactly the review I would have written. He had the whole audience eating out of his hand. I felt fractionally embarrased by CT at ponts: which I’m sure is unfair, she was doing her best with the part, but like you say, sometimes it came over just too stand up to be Shakespeare, whereas DT’s natural decency kept his Benedick this side of that line (even in lady-tights!!) And I agree that the restaging of Hero’s entrapment as part of a drunken hen night did not really work – in a piece where an exaggerated attachment to virginity is crucial.

  199. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  200. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  201. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  202. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  203. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  204. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  205. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  206. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  207. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  208. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  209. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  210. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  211. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  212. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  213. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  214. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  215. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  216. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  217. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  218. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  219. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  220. That’s assuming, of course, that it was accidental. If not, then I’d argue that’s a serious piece of misdirection – the mood ought to freeze in a moment at that point. DT certainly played it so.

  221. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  222. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  223. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  224. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  225. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  226. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  227. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  228. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  229. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  230. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  231. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  232. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  233. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  234. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  235. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  236. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  237. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  238. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  239. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  240. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  241. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

  242. Subtlety wasn’t a keynote of her performance, unfortunately, no. A lot of the comedy was great, but there weren’t enough other layers to her Beatrice, and the character does need them.

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