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Worth a thousand words

As I have not yet finished my post about designs and settings for Shakespeare’s plays, and as I haven’t anything else to say at the moment, I would encourage Gentle Readers to view this publicity photograph of a Richard III performance. First of all, is it not a thing of beauty? And second, do all y’all recognize that Richard? No? Look closer.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,
-Vardibidian.

Comments

I've looked! I've looked closer! WHO IS IT?


Patrick Stewart?


No, don't get distracted by that enormous plastic nose. Look at the eyes.

Thanks,
-V.


Mandy Patinkin?


I've been trying to think of a way to provide a hint without ruining for everybody. How's this—a link to another image from that production in which the fellow is more recognizable.

Or should I give y'all his initials?

Thanks,
-V.


It's Severus Snape, isn't it?

No, seriously: I do recognize him. The body language is unmistakable. I can't place him, though. Sean Bean?

peace


Second guess, based on new image:

Derek Jacobi?

I am going to block this completely correct guess for another little while, just in case it spoils anybody's fun. But yes, Chris is the winner! And such a familiar face, too.

…and I've restored his guess.

-Thanks,
-V.


Damn, I think I should have guessed it earlier since my initial reaction is reinforced by the second photo. The initials are the same right? And likely putting up a Masterful performance...


Figures that I would do better with Shakespearean actors than popular song lyrics . . .

After seeing the hint picture, I went back and looked at the original picture, and even then I could only barely trace the resemblance.

On a different note--it strains the bounds of credulity to see Richard being held at spearpoint by old Queen Margaret. Just not realistic. I mean, if she could catch Richard that way, he'd be dead, and that would be the end of the play. She wouldn't hesitate a second, except perhaps to gloat . . .


Well, and I'm thinking of it as a publicity photo, not necessarily as a moment that is blocked in the play. Because you are quite correct—this Margaret clearly has the strength to do it, and would scarcely be squeamish. Perhaps Richard has a mithril undershirt?

Thanks,
-V.


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