Tag Archives: Mike Cordner

Performing Jonson for the 21st Century

In July we were joined by Olivier-award winning actor Henry Goodman to begin to explore performing Jonson’s First Folio. Goodman, who has played the titular role in Volpone and Kitely in Every Man in His Humour, worked with Mike Cordner on speeches from Volpone, Every Man In his Humour and Sejanus. The rehearsals and later performances were filmed under the direction of Simon van der Borg.

Trailer:

Watch the Volpone workshop.

Watch the Every Man In His Humour workshop.

Watch the Sejanus workshop.

Film: A Mad World, My Masters!

A Mad World, My Masters! by Thomas Middleton, 23-25 June 2011.
Directed by Mike Cordner with Mark Smith and Tom Cantrell.

The production was filmed by our Film and Television Production colleagues on Friday 23 June 2011.

The production was made possible by a generous endowment from the Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Trust.

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How should we stage neglected plays?

I originally wrote this post for the Dutch Courtesan project site.

On 2nd July, Michael Billington wrote an article for the Guardian asking ‘Is it OK to rewrite classic plays?’ Billington’s article, in which he raises concerns about the perceived need to simplify early modern plays for a modern audience, has sparked a heated discussion, but offers our production of The Dutch Courtesan as an example of actors

‘taking a tricky play and making it totally accessible through their vocal clarity.’

The Billington article briefly discusses the RSC‘s A Mad World My Master’s, which makes substantial changes to the original text, but follows a much longer conversation with Michael Cordner at our ‘Jacobean Theatre Now’ event.

The full film of this discussion is now available: