n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Three Men and a Broken Mirror : essay and review

Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



As a number of critics have noted, , an early tragedy belonging to Shakespeare's cycle of history plays, shares similarities with , that brilliant dramatisation of the psychological tensions tearing apart a tyrantâ??s ravaged soul. It was this intimate aspect of , 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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