Another broadcast of a play form the National Theatre in London. This time they were using the big Olivier theatre where we saw the Revengers Tragedy and they have clearly learned a few things about camera placement.
This is a very strange play – part stalker story, part commentary on the risks of arranged marriage (relevant in Elizabethan times, since the court was anxious for her to marry.)
It is hard to imagine a better production than this one. The director took a view that is rather like a fairy story (Grimm brother’s style) and made it quite fantastic. Horror was the underlying theme – creepy things can happen and often do.
The cast was excellent and largely unknown to us, with the exception of the King, who plays lots of mystery theatre type roles.
Casting a very young man as Bertrand made it possible to hope he would eventually grow up and turn inot a decent human being instead of the selfish and foolish young man he starts as.