Sunday, May 27, 2007

Shaking my spear

Oo er, that sounds a bit like a euphemism for having a wank, doesn't it? Anyway, that's not what was intended.


Instead it was just to say we're going to see some Shakespeare. Not something I do every day of the week, but then it's not every day of the week that the legendary Eamonn Walker (of Oz fame) comes back to his home town of London to play the Moor, Othello, at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, no less.

How could we not treat ourselves to an anniversary matinée? Trouble is, I know Red has A Bit of a Thing for Eamonn, so I'll need to keep a close eye on her after the show, lest she starts telling him how his performance was like a cultural orgasm or something along those lines.

When I phoned the box office to ensure Mr Walker would be playing all shows, including matinées, the posh and elderly sounding woman on the phone said: "Well, I think so. I mean... well... he's... well, he's the man, isn't he?"

"Yes," I replied. "He is the man."

People, we are going to see the great Kareem Said in the flesh, playing Othello. Does Shakespeare get any better than that? I rather think not.

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20 Comments:

Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

Caz took me to see Taming of the Shrew and I fell asleep.

Then she tried Macbeth. Same thing.

Don't think me n Shakespeare see eye to eye.
According to David Nivens autobiography, Edward G Robinson was offered the film role of The Merchant of Venice. He rang Samuel Goldwyn and asked if it would be a good career move to play Shylock. Goldwyn replied "Fuck em, tell 'em you'll only play The Merchant"

27 May, 2007 18:18  
Blogger cappy said...

jealous. not sure who this guy is you are talking about, but i haven't been to the theatre in soooo long. unless you count panto!
have a good un. full reprt expected.

27 May, 2007 20:46  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

as i mentioned over at red's place...

i am SO jealous of you guys. i really can't wait to hear (read) all about it! so you both better be taking notes so you can pass on all the details :)

27 May, 2007 21:01  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

should be excellent!

27 May, 2007 23:44  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

I am trying to recover from the excitement of seeing the reproduced Globe Theatre...plus the play, plus the amazing actors. Should be really fun event. I am going to try to find some infor for Red about The Globe.

The tickets seem like a pretty good price. We looked into a Shakespeare play here with the Chicago group and it was 150. I almost fell over. No way.

28 May, 2007 14:17  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

4D: Oops. I'm hoping I'll be able to stay awake. That's the benefit of a matinée, surely?

Cappy: This guy rocks. Check out Lord of War, with Nic Cage. He is the lord of war. I've not been to the theatre for a good while, either.

Martha: I hope we do you proud, it being your favourite play and all.

28 May, 2007 17:43  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Mr A: Hope so. All the ingredients are there, so fingers crossed.

Candy: I know. I'm actually quite psyched. Theatre prices in the US are a bit crazy. I remember when we were in NYC, we were looking at a one-man version of The Godfather Trilogy, I think it was. And that was like 75 bucks each, like five or six years ago. I think £32 is not too bad. I know it's still like $65 each, but it is The Globe. And it is Eamonn Walker. So you really can't complain too much. And you know, I've never seen a professional theatre version of Shakespeare, so it'll be great from that point of view, too.

28 May, 2007 17:46  
Blogger Glamourpuss said...

I I have taken more kids to see more Shakespeare plays than you can shake a stick at. Anthony Sher's performances in Richard III and The Winter's Tale were among the best, Vanessa Redgrave's Prospero at the Globe was among the worst. I hope you've booked seats and please take cusions or you'll end up with a square arse.

Puss

28 May, 2007 21:45  
Blogger furiousBall said...

Iago is my favorite Shakespearan villian. Very cool play to see.

29 May, 2007 02:11  
Blogger My Reflecting Pool said...

How exciting. I watched oz when it was first out and it took a week to recover for the next episode. Yes. Mr. Walker is very talented. on another note, I dreamt about Samuel Jackson for no good reason last night.

29 May, 2007 03:54  
Blogger Sheamus the... said...

Othelo sounds great BUT...could you please update "Such as They are", thank you.

29 May, 2007 16:14  
Blogger martinobhoy said...

I liked how when I clicked on Eamonn Walker's name I got a picture of Monica Bellucci. Well done sir.

29 May, 2007 18:10  
Blogger Underground Baker said...

Paint me green, too!

Lucky you and lucky red.

30 May, 2007 05:20  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

G/puss: Or shake a spear at, you might say... We do have seats, yes. But not sure I can be bothered to carry cushions.

F/ball: I have only seen a couple of modern-day-setting movie versions, but I've read bits of it, so I'm looking forward.

Pool: Oz was just great, wasn't it? Sadly missed.

30 May, 2007 12:05  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Shea: Your wish is my command, sir. Such As They Are is now updated.

Martino: Hey, I know my eggs. Or whatever they say.

UG Baker: We have our lucky days, I'm glad to say.

30 May, 2007 12:16  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

I've gone around and looked at us prices of Shakespeare...and they are crazy I wasn't hallucinating. This is nuts. Your ticket prices are AWESOME! I did find 50 dollar tickets down here...but it's not really a popular play. (T&C) I am so stoked for you!!!!

30 May, 2007 14:03  
Blogger The Anti Crapitalist said...

Well. What was it like?

30 May, 2007 19:42  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Candy: I'm not surprised. Maybe it would be cheaper to come over here and see some Shakespeare?

AC: Not been yet. August 2. Little way off yet.

31 May, 2007 10:51  
Blogger Pendullum said...

You certainly love you wife... Taking her to see your competition...

31 May, 2007 11:42  
Blogger silkypup said...

Hi, not sure you saw the other message I left on the other board. (Not really sure how this thing works!) Anywho! I'm Lori and the owner of Eamonn's site at eamonnwalker.net. I would love to have you come on over to chat or just visit and let us know how the play was. If you get a pic and want me to put it in the gallery, just let me know. If you see Eamonn tell him Lori aka silkypup said hi, he'll know who you mean. Have a blast!

21 June, 2007 23:03  

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