Now is the Winter (2 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Now is the Winter

Confusion abounds

Unless you’re seriously intimate with Shakespeare’s original give this a miss. This one-woman reinterpretation of Richard III retells the story from his ascendancy to the battle of Bosworth through the eyes of a faithful servant. A challenging notion, but there’s a reason Shakespeare wrote this for an ensemble. Confusion abounds. All credit goes to performer Helen McGregor for a committed effort, but as a concept, this drags.

Augustine’s, 510 0022, until 30 Aug, 6.45pm, £8 (£6).

Now is the Winter

  • 2 stars

Shakespeare dramatized the only Richard III he could at the time. Elizabeth I, whose grandfather Henry VII had defeated Richard at Bosworth, was on the throne and every contemporary account of Richard presented an ambitious, usurping and deformed fiend who murdered his own nephews, the Princes in the Tower. Many have…


1. Hilary Thompson28 Aug 2010, 11:06am5 stars Now is the Winter Report

Having seen this play and subsequently seen the review from your critic, I feel I have to make a few comments.

I thoroughly enjoyed the play and found Helen McGregor's acting of an excellent standard. Although I was not very au fait with the story of Richard III before attending the play, a quick read of the synopsis, which we were all given before entering the auditorium, gave me enough knowledge to follow the events of the play quite easily.

Maybe your critic had not taken the time to read the synopsis, or maybe she was suffering from "play fatigue" when she saw "Now is the winter" - who knows? All I know is that I find her review very negative. I certainly found the play excellent and would recommend it to anyone looking for a serious Shakespearean experience.

2. Sue Cruise7 Aug 2011, 4:52pm Report

Hats off to Helen McGregor, fantastic acting, fantastic play an ingenious dip into one of Shakespeare's most famous lines. Loved it!

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