So I’m tackling Richard III, as I mentioned, and blogging as I go.
Now, see, all I’ve ever heard about Richard III is about the villain, the monster, the deformed killer of children. Nobody told me the man is hysterical.
I mean, seriously, is it just the Librivox audio I’m listening to, or are the opening scenes supposed to be laugh-out-loud funny? Richard and Lady Anne give off this really dark Beatrice and Benedick vibe that I was not expecting at all.
Richard (alone) : Hmmm, I think I’ll marry Lady Anne. True, true, I did kill her husband and father, but I can work around that.
Enter Lady Anne.
Richard: Marry me!
Lady Anne: You killed my husband and my father!
Richard: Well, yes. Marry me anyway!
Lady Anne: I’ll think about it.
Exit Lady Anne.
Richard (alone): I can’t believe that worked!
And that’s after the whole opening with Clarence, which was equally over the top silly:
Richard (alone) : Now, see, all I need to do is slip the king a note that he has to beware of someone whose name starts with G.
Richard: Clarence! Where you off to?
Clarence: The Tower!
Richard: The Tower! Goodness, why are you being sent to the tower?
Clarence: I have no idea! The King says it’s because my name is George, can you believe it?
Richard: That’s the strangest thing I’ve ever heard! Well, fear not, I’m sure everything will work out.
(* See, the whole “I thought your name was Clarence?” thing that KJ mentions in his comments earlier, never bothered me. I just assumed that Clarence was his title and that George was a little used first name. )
Anyway…is the whole play like this? That’s some of the most ridiculously funny stuff I’ve seen in a while. I’m waiting for the beheadings.