Stratford’s version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore is presented as if staged “in a manor home naval hospital” in 1917. So says the program; without its information I would have assumed that we had been set down for no particular reason in Downton Abbey. As for the timeframe: 1917 is scarcely closer to us than the opera’s actual birthdate of 1878, so contemporary relevance is hardly an issue.
Now Damon Runyon, who is such a scribe as hates and despises the use of the past tense, writes most of his classic stories about the wise guys and cute dolls of Broadway in the 1920s and 1930s, and so naturally he sets them in that time.
It’s no secret that Romeo and Juliet ends in a tomb. In Stratford’s new production, it begins there as well. Four black-clad candle-bearing women, identified in the program as “widows,” file into a vault while above them the prologue, spoken with uncommon point and power by Sarah Dodd, describes the family feud that sparks and underlies the tragedy. Whether this is prophecy or recap isn’t clear. Either way, it’s a great start. The same doom-laden figures (are they the ghosts of quarrels past?)
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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