Well, if anyone ever argues that there's nothing new, fresh or truthful to be found in such iconic characters as Richard III, we'll offer Mark Rylance's Richard in counter-argument.
And maybe this is what was said after Antony Sher's Richard, in which case, it still proves my case.
I was spell-struck. Didn't notice the rain, or standing in the yard for over 2 hours, nor the clap of thunder until that oh so innocent Richard, who we all feel sorry for, (but not sorry enough to let him get close because there's also something super creepy about him) drew our attention to it.
There's not really anything I can add that the professional reviewers haven't said already. One thing utterly unrelated that struck me was in the final jig.
Whilst it appeared the other actors were dancing as themselves, (and maybe this is just my NLP calibration skills kicking in), it seemed to me that Mark Rylance began the jig as Richard (not surprising since he was last on stage), and gradually slipped out of character, so that by the time they took their bow, he was back to Mark Rylance again. It doesn't mean anything, it's just something that interested me, that's all, that he didn't break state suddenly, he did it gradually. I just wondered if that was an insight into his acting process, either conscious or unconscious.
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