WATCH THIS: Jamie Parker does the St. Crispins Day speech from Henry the V.

I got to see this production a couple years ago, with one crucial difference - it was raining that night, pissing wet London weather pouring down on the real groundlings, standing in front of the stage for 3 hours, wearing slickers (I had splurged for slightly better seats, I’m nobody’s idea of a hero). When Parker came down to do that last chunk (“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers / for he who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother, be he ne’er so vile*”) he did so at the lip of the stage, uncovered … getting soaked in the rain with all the groundlings. At the risk of sounding just too corny for you to keep reading, it was why we go to the theater at all. Dig in. And Happy Birthday Shakespeare.

*I’ve probably got a couple words wrong, but before you yell at me, I did it from memory.


there are individual mp3 episode links floating round for hamlet and p&p but as i am a hoarder i made myself audiobooks, here they are if anyone wants them


pride and prejudice

The History Boys (2006).

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The French scene from ‘The History Boys’


The French scene from ‘The History Boys’


Extraordinary piece of acting by Tom Goodman-Hill and Samuel Barnett, a Claudius and a Caligula that are not an inch under those of Derek Jacobi and John Hurt.

I have no words to express my feelings when hearing that the last scene with these two marvellous actors. Claudius soothing his nephew Caligula, aware for just a moment of his madness

"We were unbound together upon the wheel. He suffered, and I suffered with him. And Rome, suffered too. The golden predicament was eating him up and the only question was whether it would destroy him before he destroyed us".

'Was Poland taken by surprise?'
'To some extent… But they knew something was up.' 

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