Richard III & Twelfth Night
When a Broadway theatre show scores a grandslam of glittering, not to say gushing reviews from the likes of Variety, Vanity Fair and The New York Times (to name but a few), you know there’s going to be a run on the box office, and in the case of the UK’s splendid Globe Theatre touring productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, those cash tills just keep ringing. The Belasco Theatre on West 44th Street is host to the limited 16-week engagement which brings many of the original all-male cast members fresh from their run in London’s West End, lead by Mark Rylance reprising his roles as Olivia and Richard III, and Stephen Fry as Malvolio.
With much of the stage lighting supplied by candles and music played live on traditional period instruments, there is an extraordinary intimacy to the productions both directed by Tim Carroll (a veteran of the authentic Shakespearean thrust stage replica Globe Theatre in London). No matter which show that you choose to see (why not both!), be sure to arrive at least 20 minutes before curtain up to see the actors getting into costume and make-up accompanied by music in true Elizabethan style. “If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it!”
The Belasco Theatre
111 West 44th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues
Ends 2 February 2014