Tomorrow – my last full day in New York – will be a day of Shakespeare. At lunch time I am going to see the ‘live in Cinema’ screening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music of King Lear with Simon Russell Beale in the title role. That should be a good contrast with the Michael Pennington Lear I saw earlier in my time here. I also have a ticket to see Beale on stage in London when I get back.
And then in the evening I get to see Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth at the Park Lane Armory – reviewed in The New York Times. I’ve never seen Branagh on stage before, and this is his New York debut, so very much looking forward to this. Both plays will be discussed in my planned book on Shakespeare, and the production details of Macbeth, in particular, suggest it will be inspirational for this work.