A sexy dream is no fun for the Game of Thrones star: PATRICK MARMION reviews A Midsummer Night & # 39; s Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bridge Theater, London)
After her efforts in Game Of Thrones, in which she played Tarth's warrior Brienne, Gwendoline Christie gets a relatively easy ride in Sir Nicholas Hytner's daring production of William Shakespeare's summer comedy.
Gwendoline Christie gets an easy ride in a Midsummer Night & # 39; s Dream
She still looks frightening: a 6ft 3½ in Amazon that in her wavy green dress and with her blonde hair can make a kind of sheath that Boadicea trembles itself.
But the surprise is that the best pieces from her side like the Fairy Queen have been handed over to her dictatorial husband Theseus, who runs ancient Athens.
The story of rearranging the bard, it is he who was made to fall in love with a donkey when he returns as Oberon fairy tale king for the high cherries in the forest.
Christie gets more power … but less pleasure; reduced to a supernatural Head Girl who can only look and act through misfortune produced by her naughty messenger Puck.
David Moorst turns Puck into a beautiful surly hired boy, covered in cheap tattoos and dressed in the decrepit chic of a non-league footballer.
He causes Oliver Chris & # 39; s Oberon to wake up to fall in love with Hammed Animashaun's miserable Soil after turning into a burning ass.
Normally that would be Christie's pleasure. But here it is Chris who is going to caress the long hairy ears and even take a bubble bath with Bottom in the cheerful design of Bunny Christie that turns the show into a mini rock festival. Half of the audience stands in the pit beside actors digging on hydraulic platforms with beds that are also hoisted along the trapeze, where Christie's team of acrobats turn and turn raunchily.
Between the gender-bending antics and the pumping music (including Beyonce's tunes), Shakespeare's fantasy takes flight in a brutally modern idiom.
Our four young lovers who have walked to the forest can also enjoy a little love for the same sex, although this is just a passing moment.
Instead, Animasun & # 39; s Bottom is the real crowd puller on a wonderfully vibrant evening. He is a wonderful mix of Lenny Henry and Forest Whitaker, bubbling with Frank Bruno laughs.
The beginning of the Dream is always artificially austere; and multiple endings never seem to want to let you go. But this is about as much fun for Shakespeare as you can get with your clothes on. Just not so bad for Christie.
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