I am so bummed the camera didn’t have the juice for this. I charged it the entire time I was meeting with the RED design team. Total bummer. What a terrific scene and I know I’ve been saying that each time with this play, but I’d never read it before and it’s chock full of [...]
A rather short scene here – now that we’re on the battlefield this little vignettes, almost french scenes, get their own scene number and location. Much like Caesar or Antony & Cleopatra. So this makes the first play Shakespeare had a hand in that features a big battle in the second half. He tries to [...]
More war in the Brandeis woods. This is the second scene in the battle-filled Act IV of Edward III. I’m sightreading, I don’t know what’s going to happen at the end, and it’s still a great play!
Shakespeare is ramping up in the play to deal with the famous incident at Calais withe the six richest merchants who will bow before the besieging King Edward and offer themselves up to whatever cruel torture or death the English have for them. The line which is spoken just before this scene, at the end [...]
More of an amazing and action-packed act here. I’m sight reading you may recall – I like to say that a lot with this play A) because it’s true but B) to apologize for sounding incoherent at times. It’s a lot of fun to sight read Shakespeare I find. I’m sure others don’t find the [...]
Stealing an empty room here at the St. Botolph club to bang out this play. These war-torn later sections have many more short scenes and are easy to sprinkle about. We just had a lunch here and there are many people leaving, some of whom come to listen to parts of this.
I had some extra time getting here from the Botolph Club – it was a short a pleasant drive on this idyllic fall day. My friend Jeff Adelberg lives right down the corner. Jeff’s a great lighting designer and we’ve collaborated a bunch. We’re supposed to group at his house with David Gammons the director [...]
Just a lovely day out here on Evans Way, a small park that was only significant to me because it was a great place to park in order to work in Tower Auditorium here in Mass Art. I’ve gotten to be around another academic atmosphere, which is always noticeable in its ways, mostly by the [...]
I’ve had a hard time getting to the root of the issue here. Was this Shakespeare or not Shakespeare? Did he collaborate? And how sure are we that he did? I’ll come back to this question as I march through the play, but I want to hear from the blogosphere about the issue. Who has [...]
GREAT way to start a new play – at a party! A Halloween costume party no less. This was also a big family fall birthdays party. Many of us were born in October and November and so we all gathered to celebrate all of that – in costume! Colin, my 10 year old godson insisted [...]
This was a wonderful place to read this scene – it’s a long one which is why it’s in two parts here. Fabulous scene and I had a great time reading it. The light shifts so beautifully during the second segment. This scene is worth reading over and over – a very fascinating seduction. Reminds [...]
Fabulous end to this act. What muscular language. Plowing through this one!
This was a fabulous opportunity to talk some Shakespeare with like-minded enthusiasts. Chris Harding, the Instructor at the school, brought me in for the second year in a row to chat with his class about the Bard. We talked about Anonymous the film-that-shall-not-be-named, as well as Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of Twelfth Night, the upcoming Merry [...]
Well this marks the first time Yorick and I have ever been cut off or kicked out. I had some bills to mail so I thought I’d film right here in the Post Office. Remember I’m sight reading through this play so I’ve really no idea which part comes next. Act III Scene 3 [...]
I thought it would look a bit better than this, but obviously the lighting is awful. If it makes any difference it gets a lot brighter later in the scene. The set is struck behind me as I read. Just a gentle reminder that we’re getting day-to-day stuff, day-to-day energies, real moments. There are janitors [...]
“…imaginitively deployed percussion instruments…”
“And Bill Barclay’s man-who-will-be-king continues right where it left off in “Part 1.” Thanks to Barclay’s multifaceted performance, we believe every step of Prince Hal’s transformation. Barclay looks as comfortable on the throne as he did during his frat-house shenanigans with Falstaff.”
“As Prince Harry, the always excellent Bill Barclay takes to heart Falstaff’s indecent tutelage, but over the course of the plays adds a Machiavellian twist, becoming increasingly cynical and power hungry – and thus more kingly. Barclay easily manages to convey both Harry the reckless and Harry the royal.”
“Barclay is charming, masterful with the poetry and clear in presenting Hal’s arch from a rebellious over-cocky gad-about to a young leader focused on honor and duty.”
“Barclay comes strongly into his own in “Part II,’’ especially during the reconciliation scene with Henry IV and during that chillingly inevitable moment when he repudiates Falstaff once and for all.”
“The most interesting of the lot is a fellow called the Bastard (a rollicking, driving turn by Bill Barclay)”
Complicated, bold, and charismatic, the Bastard is far more compelling than his uncle King John, and Barclay gives him all the energy and wit he needs to steal every scene he’s in.”
“Barclay transforms from rude and frolicsome youth and into lustful thrill-killer in a handful of heartbeats as he takes in Aaron’s exhortations to havoc – a slow, perverse grin creeps across his face, visually tracking his transformation from callow kid to remorseless predator.”
“Barclay displays exquisite comic timing.”
“Bill Barclay as the young composer shows his real life musical talent on the on-stage piano. The audience, meanwhile, was rolling in the aisles.”
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NEWS: Bill is currently the Director of Music at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.
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Bill will be giving his lecture event MUSE ON FIRE, Shakespeare & The Music of the Spheres for one performance only at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London on February 12th.
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PLAYS READ ALOUD
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HAMLET on Tour
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London.
Directed by Bill Buckhurst & Dominic Dromgoole
until June, 2014...
Director of Music,
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
MUSE ON FIRE: Shakespeare & The Music of the Spheres
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Tuesday, February 12 at 7pm
Sackler Studios, Bankside