A Morose Henry V
TimHornPhD1 from United States
26 November 2013
Mark Rylance has become accepted as one of the great Shakespearean
actors of our time. His approach is frequently cerebral. Of course you
need to think when delving into a character, but in this case, the mind
betrays the actor. A clear example is the St. Crispin's Speech. As I
watched his performance at the Globe, I saw the intensity of his
anxiety in leading his men to battle. No tighten of sinews, tigerizing
themselves as they had at Harfleur was evident. I saw a tightening of
the sphincter in the king with the realization they all could soon die.
This could work expect for the lines that follow from his comrades who
declare are clearly charged with a warrior's spirit moving them to win
at Agincourt. Rylance is a great actor, but the internal approach does
not serve him here. If there is time for misgivings they would best
come when he infiltrates his men's camp the night before and questions
them and himself about a sovereign's duty to his soldiers and subjects.
I left the performance angry at his performance. He failed miserably as
far as I am concerned. Let us hope he never repeats this performance.
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