n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Three Men and a Broken Mirror : essay and review
|Article Title||Three Men and a Broken Mirror : essay and review|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||Shakespeare in Southern Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
|Pages||79 - 80|
As a number of critics have noted, Richard III, an early tragedy belonging to Shakespeare's cycle of history plays, shares similarities with Macbeth, that brilliant dramatisation of the psychological tensions tearing apart a tyrantâ??s ravaged soul. It was this intimate aspect of Richard III, rather than its epic features, that characterised the 'chamber music'-like production I attended on a preview night at Artscape's Arena theatre. The show had premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2010 and the small venue selected for this 2011 revival, as well as the cramped stage area, reinforced the sense of intimacy - which amplified the almost unbearable tensions of the concluding scenes.
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