The Shakespeare Code - Behind the Scenes (Part 3)
Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s set report from DWM #382
It’s becoming light already, so the crew prepares to film the episode’s final scene: Shakespeare’s seduction of Martha, rudely interrupted by the arrival of Queen Elizabeth. “I’ll sit in for Freema on the camera rehearsal,” says Mr. Steffan Morris, the second assistant director.
“Shakespeare is a fool if he goes for that,” laughs Dean Lennox Kelly, who’s playing the Bard. In between takes, he and Freema lounge on the stage, chatting about R&B music and fellow thesp Alan Cumming (”Dean can talk about anything,” she tells DWM).
Suddenly, David appears from behind the scenery, wearing a ruff and a rabbit mask, like the psychotic bunny from Donnie Darko! “Too much?” he asks.
“Far too much!” shrieks Freema. “That’s not a good look, David.”
[…] On stage, Dean is whispering naughtily into Freema’s ear. “Do I make you nervous, sat here next to you?”
“I trust you,” she beams. “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say?”
“That’s the one.”
“Dean used to be a stand-up comic,” David explains, “and it shows. He’s very funny, very quick, very witty, and he’s nailed that slightly rock star take on Shakespeare. It’s clever casting, cos it’s not how a lot of people think of Shakespeare; you look at the young bucks of the RSC, I suppose, don’t you? But Dean confounds your expectations.”
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