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King John

Synopsis
Video recording of the Gabriel Sundukyan National Academic Theatre’s production of King John. Directed by Tigran Gasparyan. Armen Marutyan is King John. Spoken in Armenian.
Language
Armenian
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
May 2012

Credits

Director
Tigran Gasparyan
Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
Armen MarutyanKing John
Tigran NersisyanPhilip the Bastard
Alla VardanyanLady Constance
Albert SafaryanHubert
Gnel UlikhanyanArthur, Duke of Brittaine
Armen MargaryanCardinal Pandulph
Davit GasparyanLouis the Dauphin
Liana ArestakyanBlanche
Nelly KheranyanQueen Eleanor

Additional Details

Theatre
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Theatre company
Gabriel Sundukyan National Academic Theatre
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
No period
Plays
King John
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Complete Works; Globe to Globe season; World Shakespeare Festival 2012

Notes

History
The production was staged May 16 and 17th 2012.
Stills
"...But Tigran Gasparyan’s production from Yerevan’s Gabriel Sundukyan National Academic Theatre didn’t labour these points. Shakespeare has been a key part of its repertoire since its foundation in 1922, and apparently the bard was a way for the nation (and not only Armenia) to explore ideas of freedom under Soviet rule. Interesting, that. The action came with an approximate costume definition that mixed loosely Napoleonic war outfits, with a touch of Mad Max, and ruffs where required. There was still a single sword involved, but the battle scenes were done with suitcases and trunks, plus the old odd hold-all. It worked brilliantly. Characters entered one by one, each with their baggage (in the literal and metaphorical sense), which could be built into an ever-morphing range of visual effects". From Tom Birchenoughs review.
Reviews
Tom Birchenough at http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/globe-globe-king-john-shakespeares-globe (accessed 6/2012).

Archive

Name

Shakespeare’s Globe

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Email
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Fax
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Address
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