Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Coro goes HM

In advance of this summer's Edinburgh International Festival, I was invited to attend the Beijing People's Art Theatre production of Coriolanus, directed by Lin Zhaohua, at Capital Theatre. It's not my favourite Shakespeare play to be honest and the only other production I've seen of it was in Tokyo ten years ago, with Ralph Fiennes. The Chinese version at least had some novelty with not one but two heavy metal bands playing on stage.
It was a show of two halves: the first overwrought with a huge cast of males (actors and musicians) shouting a lot. The second had more of a dynamic going on and benefitted from it. I wonder what Edinburgh audiences and the fickle British media will make of it?

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