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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Helen Mirren & Shakespeare


Happy Birthday Helen Mirren!




I really wish that she would do more Shakespeare.

Early on in her career she was in the Royal Shakespeare Company, acting in a variety of roles. She played Ophelia, Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra, Rosalind, Gertrude, Isabella in Measure for Measure, and more.

She played Prospera in Julie Taymor's film version of The Tempest, but that was 4 years ago.


As Prospera in The Tempest


She clearly has a passion for Shakespeare. I just wish she would continue to perform Shakespeare, especially on screen.

I wouldn't be surprised at all to see her in the Hollow Crown series of Shakespeare TV films. I would love to see her in Coriolanus, as his mother, Volumnia.


As Cressida at the RSC


She also clearly loves performing on stage, what with the recent play The Audience, so I would hope that she would continue to perform Shakespeare there, too.

I would love to see her as Queen Margaret in Richard III. She played the same role in the Henry VI trilogy. So, it would be a natural evolution for her as an actress to complete the role on stage.


As Cleopatra at the RSC



But more than anything else, I would love to see her in these Shakespeare Solved series of films.

She was brilliant as the queen in the 2005 TV film, Elizabeth I. It was great to see her in that period of history, and she fits into it effortlessly.

I thought the film was fantastic, but in the course of 4 hours I was surprised that they could not find any place to include Shakespeare!


In the 2005 mini-series Elizabeth I



As much as I would love to have her reprise the role of Queen Elizabeth in these Shakespeare Solved films, I would prefer to see her as a more down to earth character -- like Shakespeare's mother, Mary.

It isn't as flashy as Queen Elizabeth, and the costumes are not as pretty, but the importance of Mary Shakespeare in the life of her son has not been explored at all. 

It would be an interesting and unusual choice for Helen Mirren, and I think she would be wonderful as the woman who nurtured and helped inspire Shakespeare to be the great artist he would become.





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