Tag Archives: Dame Judi Dench

Gossip Quickly

Mistress Quickly (or ‘Quick-lay’ as her name might imply) is one of Shakespeare’s most vibrant comic energies and appears in four plays. When treated well in performance, Mistress Quickly’s stage presence can conjure up a whole world of past sentiment and longing which can suddenly change into something much more tough-edged and brave. She makes […]

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Lady Macbeth: Fearing Painted Devils

Many people will have an idea of what Lady Macbeth looks like in their mind’s eye. This image of Vivien Leigh best illustrates the way I tend to think of Lady Macbeth. The photograph comes at a crucial moment as she takes the daggers – still warm with King Duncan’s blood – from her husband […]

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