• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

This review is about a performance Ive seen on March 15 at Frascati. The show is called King Lear and the jesters of Shakespeare are angry and is played by the theatre group t Barre land. The performance is an adaption of the

Extracts from this document...


Performing Shakespeare Critical Review Niels Noorlander 6157491 'Koning Lear en de narren van Shakespeare zijn kwaad' (King Lear and the jesters of Shakespeare are angry) - 't Barre Land This review is about a performance I've seen on March 15 at Frascati. The show is called 'King Lear and the jesters of Shakespeare are angry' and is played by the theatre group 't Barre land. The performance is an adaption of the play 'King Lear' written by William Shakespeare. The play was written between 1603 and 1606 and later revised. It tells the story of King Lear who descends into madness after disposing of his estate between two of his three daughters based on their flattery, bringing tragic consequences for all. ...read more.


But not every part of that translation was actually performed. Very big parts texts were simply cut out and events were told in a different order. However, the show starts in a very classical way: there is a man welcoming the audience with lines like: "Come and see! Ladies and gentleman! The wheel of fortune! Behold mankind! Come and see, the big pie-scene, the distribution of the world cake!" In this way he tries to get the audience in the theatre just like this was done in the Globe theatre. This same man is later the prompter who sits on the stage in the same way as the prompter would do in the Shakespearian time. When the play is already started they find out that the prologue is gone so they continue because they have started anyway so it's too late now for the prologue. ...read more.


And then continue the play. The play is probably very hard to understand if you don't know the story already, because the actors are only telling the highlights and only refer to some parts. This play is the most drastic adaption of a Shakespeare play that I have ever seen. They only use very little original lines and also the design of the play is very far from how it would be in a classic performance. But they also bring back some classic elements that are not used anymore in modern theatre like the role of the prompter. And I like the way they play with these elements. And although I think that they went too far in not telling the complete story of the play, cause people who don't know the story also didn't understand it from only this performance, they did manage to perform this play in a very entertaining and fun way. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Other Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Other Plays essays

  1. My Review Of Wicked

    Glinda's first costume is a big princess style dress, she wears this when she is most powerful, throughout the show the more powerful Glinda gets the bigger her costumes get. Elphaba's costumes are always dark, usually black. This could show that she is a shy character and doesn't want to

  2. Sample theatre review (Don John)

    group of words sung in tune and set to the rhythm of the band. Some of the songs mocked the seventies music like: 'Desire' played in a satirical Blondie style and others like, 'Viva Liberate' tried to imitate the punk s*x pistols style but most of the time the sound

  1. GCSE Drama Course Work A03 Response to Live Performance

    The briefcase was where Winston kept his secret diary and Gold Steins book, it drew the audience's attention whenever he carried it with him, making them wonder what else he kept in there, what other secrets he had hidden. The second prop, Winston's diary, was the trigger of his l**t to know.

  2. Absolute rock performance. On Thursday, December 4th, there was a presentation called Absolute ...

    But that caused his friends started not to hang out with him for a while. When he found out about that, he tried to act nice to everybody and not only everything was going back to normal again, but he also got many new friends because of that.

  1. Medea review - Splendid Productions, January 9th 2012

    For example, the male performer (Jimmy Whiteaker) played a narrator while wearing his scarf around his head. His posture was bent over like he was old and frail and his movement was slow and soft. His voice was in a welsh accent, which is a great story telling accent.

  2. Woman In Black - Live Theatre Review

    Up to this point in the play small things had been making us jump, like when the actor fell over two buckets, creating sudden movement (from character falling) and sudden loud sound (from metal buckets falling and bumping into each other)

  1. The Ladykillers review

    showing the exterior of the house, where the scene depicting the robbery also takes place. My two favourite characters in the play had to be Louis and Harry. Louis was ?the temperamental one?, a bit of a psychopath, but a hilarious character nonetheless.

  2. Two, by Jim Cartwright review.

    Suspended above the bar is a magnificent 400 strong glass chandelier made from carefully punctured tumbler, pint and shot glasses which is creatively lit and made by Chris Davey. The lighting too plays a most fundamental role in pulling the viewers into the psyche of the characters.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work