Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 23rd July 2009)

It took me some time to get into Troilus and Cressida at the Globe Theatre. I haven’t seen a production for about 23 years and so it was nice to see a play that was fresh and where I needed to be reminded of the plot. Laura Pyper does a good job at playing the sparky Cressida and Mathew Kelly is excellent as Pandarus. I liked the red streaks in Pyper’s hair, they gave a real feel that Cressida wasn’t much different from teenagers today. Cressida is caught up in a nasty male game. Even though the play is set in Ancient Greece, it felt like we hadn’t really learnt anything all these years later. The second half moves at a much faster pace then the first. As Troilus and Cressida is rarely played, I was glad I saw this production. The druming at the end were stunning.

We sat on the wooden benches and had a really good view, but I felt so stiff at the end. Maybe I need to think about getting one of those cushions next time. During the performance we saw, at least three people suffered from the heat and had to be taken out from the groundlings and there was a downpour in the middle of the performance. That’s the Shakespeare’s Globe experience with the British weather.

Reviews and Previews

The Guardian on Troilus and Cressida
What’s On Stage review of Troilus and Cressida
What’s On Stage on Troilus and Cressida
The Stage / News / Shakespeare’s Globe announce…
Globe Troilus and Cressida – Kelly to star
The Stage on Troilus and Cressida at the Globe
Young cast lead Young Hearts season at Globe …
The Telegraph on Troilus and Cressida
The Stage / News / Shakespeare’s Globe announce…
Young cast lead Young Hearts season at Globe …
Londonist review of Troilus and Cressida
Troilus and Cressida Evening Standard Review
Independent on Sunday on Troilus and Cressida and Black Album
Troilus and Cressida in the Independent

Shakespeare's Globe Troilus and Cressida

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