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As usual, in addition to the Jury ratings we also conducted a survey into whether Jury members want to see this production again, would buy or recommend the disc and how they feel it compares with “being there”.
Here are the main findings for “As You Like It” (full results available on request).
"Would you like to see this production again, on TV or in the cinema?"
94 % answered "Significantly better, rather better or comparable.
NB: This Jury included at least 11 frequent theatre-goers.
64% of them found this experience better than or comparable to a live performance.
“All the world’s a stage…”
After “Romeo & Juliet” last season, here is the opportunity to enjoy another Shakespearean comedy from London’s famous Globe Theatre.
This experience of watching Shakespeare acted with such verve and humour in the Bard’s “own” theatre proved to be hugely successful with our Jury — two members of which, on this occasion, had actually been to the Globe themselves and so were able to give us a really informed comparison with the HD experience.
I enjoyed this performance a lot, especially the acting, which is amazing..
The voices were excellent and perfectly placed. I liked the costumes and the way the actors shared the space with the audience.
I particularly liked the acting and singing, the whole cast were GREAT!
It was a little hard for me to understand “Old English”, especially delivered at such a high speed (I am French). But anyway, it was very pleasant and I enjoyed the experience very much!
Extremely enjoyable. Great editing– almost better than the real experience, no sound of planes overhead, no wind or coldness blowing on my neck. Close-ups added something to the real experience. Excellent sound. Nothing tops live performance though, emotions and communications work best live.(From a Jury member who has attended a performances at the Globe)
I enjoyed this play very much, so light-hearted, so entertaining and oh so different from Hamlet, Richard III, etc. it is easy to understand why the audience was so appreciative, in contrast with the critics!
I understood every word! Shakespeare is the tops— such a story in words – he is and remains unequalled !!!
The play is very well filmed and communicates very well the intimacy of the Globe, how close the actors are to the audience and how they interact with them, particularly those in the pit. The close-ups are very good and bring out the humour of the play. The sound of the audience arriving, in the interval and at the end gives the impression of being there, gives it all real atmosphere.
The words of Shakespeare can’t be beaten, but a cast of intelligent interpreters is needed to allow them their full thrust. And this group did it! Entrances and exits from the stage were also impressively handled. This was a delightful performance.
This was a fantastic experience. Another chance to show that irrespective of staging, set, special effects, the “script” is all that matters. This left me with a great smile on my face and a desire for more.
I loved it. Particularly being so close to the actors and the quality of the image.
I loved to become immersed once again in the time of the great master Shakespeare — in these magnificent surroundings—with acting that was both faithful to the text and very light-hearted.
I enjoyed everything — excellent — the playing with language — words turned and turned again. Fantastic. However I would not add this to my collection, because I prefer to see it like this once and dream about it forever!
It lacked real star quality. The actors didn’t have a real start to relate to, so it was all a bit lacklustre. They did well—but it was not outstanding. There were no cuts, so it was a bit long and drawn out. However, I enjoyed it!
I am sure that Shakespeare would have approved of all the updating squiggles in the direction and acting in this production — and how marvellous it is for all of us who have been around long enough to have become bored with years of 17th-century productions.
Singing / performance: B+
HDVD production: B+
Overall ranking: B+
16 / 10 / 2010
As You Like It