NT LIve

things about Barbican Hamlet
  • immediately being hit with a crying bby Hamlet, Ben why
  • hipster Horatio (that elbow tattoo though)
  • Fucking awesome ghost effects 10/10 spoopy factor
  • The Bowie Shirt
  • Ben’s face is wet like the whole play that sopping man (also arms??)
  • Benedict marching with that drum like pls slay me
  • “Words. WoooOOORRDDSSS.”
  • Greaser Gildenstern
  • “my uncle father and mother aunt”
  • Ben just running around???? like just flat out sprinting around the stage
  • bby Hamlet marching in the castle like he’s on stairs Ben why
  • Wes Anderson Ophelia
  • Dancing after Claudius shows himself to be guilty
  • “of one flesh so goodbye to my mother”
  • Slow motion bkground during soliloquies 
  • pink sparkly cap with traditional Shakespearian costumes? slay mama
  • the doors just BLOWING THE FUCK OPEN WITH THINGS FLYING IN THE AIR LIKE HOLY SHIT???? wow
  • The set change after Act I
  • Grave digger aka real MVP
  • Ophelia’s case of photos ??? holy shti im sobbing :((((((((
  • Ben trying to get into the fencing jacket and his moment of ???where is the sleeve
  • Super cool shadow of Claudius
  • The thing stuck on Ben’s nose during curtain, just clinging for dear life on his face
  • this cast
  • this show
  • wow
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“I have no intention of breaking down her prejudices. I want her to believe in God and virtue and the sanctity of marriage, and still not be able to stop herself.” Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Donmar Warehouse/National Theatre Live, 2016)

I don’t understand why some tries to make people feel ashamed of themselves for liking Messi. Just because he is ‘popular’? “But they support NT only for him”. Bitch most Napoli fans supported Argentina against their country because of Maradona. Don’t let me get started. And Messi is breath taking, mind blowing. He deserves the love and the attention he gets. I mean, I wake up happier when I know he is going to play that day. But I am actually lying here tough. I pretend like I love Messi for his talent but even without it, I would still love him so freaking much. It is Leo Messi ,yo. He is like rainbows and candies and everything beautiful in this world. Above all Messi es más argentino que el dulce de leche.

All my Messi fan friends, don’t let anyone make you feel like a bandwagoner. You are doing it right. Leo Messi is the best player and the most amazing human being. Bye. 

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HIDDLESWEEK 2017

Day 5 (Feb 6th): Favourite Role

CORIOLANUS

I have been a fan for a few years already, when I saw Coriolanus in my local Movie Theatre on NT Live. I was bluffed! He was so powerful and subtle in the same time; fun, tough and incredibly emotional. The scene between Volumnia and Coriolanus still brought me chills and tears. He showed his real potentional, and he still confirming it.

I have a feeling that strenght would be seen again as Cap. James Conrad. I am always looking forward to a new role, because it could always be my future favourite role…
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ROS: Do you ever think of yourself as actually dead, lying in a box with a lid on it?

GUlL: No. 

ROS: Nor do I, really… It’s silly to be depressed by it. I mean one thinks of it like being alive in a box, one keeps forgetting to take into account the fact that one is dead… which should make a difference… shouldn’t it? I mean, you’d never know you were in a box, would you? It would be just like being asleep in a box. Not that I’d like to sleep in a box, mind you, not without any air - you’d wake up dead, for a start and then where would you be? Apart from inside a box. That’s the bit I don’t like, frankly. That’s why I don’t think of it.

Because you’d be helpless, wouldn’t you? Stuffed in a box like that, I mean you’d be in there for ever. Even taking into account the fact that you’re dead, really… ask yourself, if! Asked you straight off - I’m going to stuff you in this box now, would you rather be alive or dead?Naturally, you’d prefer to be alive. Life in a box is better than no life at all. I expect. You’d have a chance at least. You could he there thinking - well, at least I’m not dead! In a minute someone’s going to bang on the lid and tell me to come out. (Banging on the floor with his fists.) ‘Hey you, whatsyernaine! Come out of there!’

GUlL: (Jumps up savagely) You don’t have to flog it to death!

(Pause.)

ROS: I wouldn’t think about it, if! were you. You’d only get depressed. (Pause.) Eternity is a terrible thought. I mean, where’s it going to end?

- Benedict Cumberbatch performing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead during 50 years on stage.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two fools in a world that is beyond their understanding. 

This fragment from act II, with Rosencrantz pondering the mysteries of chance, death and eternity, shows how they often state deep philosophical truths during their nonsensical ramblings, yet they depart from those ideas as quickly as they come to them. 

There’s a phisicality involved in the theatre, it’s about sustaining a narrative with mind and body. In this specific case, a terrific comic timing is required, too.
And Benedict has got this combination of cerebral and physical, and a clownery shelf that transparently shows up the drama of the character’s fate.

Behold the delightful poignancy of Cumberbatch’s performance, live on stage at National Theatre 50th Anniversary!

I bet he enjoyed taking part in it, and he’s eager to come back on stage - when possible and properly arranged, I mean - for far more than two minutes, as much as we are to see him there…

Coriolanus - A Summary
  • (Contains spoilers for a 400-year-old play)
  • Citizens of Rome: Grain's too expensive! We're going to starve!
  • Caius Martius: Too bad, fragments. I'm off to fight in Corioles.
  • Aufidius: Damn you Caius Martius, you win again!
  • Roman Senate: Yay! We will call you Caius Martius Coriolanus!
  • Volumnia: Hooray, more wounds. Now run for Consul!
  • Caius Martius: Do I have to?
  • Volumnia: I'm your mother. If I say you run for Consul, you'll do it!
  • Caius Martius: Yes, mummy. Give me your voices, rabble... I mean, citizens. Please?
  • Citizens of Rome: Okay!
  • Tribunes: ...you do realise he secretly despises you all.
  • Citizens of Rome: Oh.
  • Tribunes: Banish him instead!
  • Citizens of Rome: Okay!
  • Caius Martius: Hi Aufidius. I know we're sworn enemies, but Rome banished me. Wanna kill them all?
  • Aufidius: I love you. I mean... okay, sure, sounds good.
  • Cominius and Menenius: We used to be your bestest friends. Please stop attacking Rome.
  • Caius Martius: No.
  • Virgilia: I'm your wife. This is your son. Please stop attacking Rome.
  • Caius Martius: No.
  • Volumnia: Mummy says PRETTY PLEASE stop attacking Rome.
  • Caius Martius: Dammit, Mummy, I hate it when you do that. Okay, okay. Peace treaty.
  • Aufidius: NOOOO! YOU TRAITOR! I HATE YOU SO MUCH! I KILL YOU NOW!
  • Caius Martius: *dies*