Maxine Peake reads ‘The Worst Princess’ - a Cbeebies Bedtime Story
If you’re ready for a new bedtime story then I have the perfect video for you
Maxine reads ‘The Worst Princess‘ which was recently broadcast on the Cbeebies channel.
Thanks to my friend Rich at Kathryn Morris UK we’ve got it below for you to watch. Enjoy!
Maxine Peake’s Hamlet: Production quibbles in reviews round-up
Lots of Hamlet reviews are out already and the digitalspy.co.uk has just posted a collection of reviews from various newspapers…
Note: This article contains some spoilers for Maxine Peake’s Hamlet, playing at Manchester’s Royal Exchange.
Maxine Peake stars in an unorthodox production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Manchester’s Royal Exchange.
The Shameless actress stars in the title role, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are also played by female actresses, but what’s the verdict on the unconventional production? Digital Spy rounds up the critics’ reactions below.
“In the end, it is a mixed production that, even at three-and-a-half hours, omits a good deal. What it gives us, however, is an excellent Hamlet by Peake that proves the character has the miraculous ability to take on the colour, style and personality of whoever is lucky enough to perform it.” 3/5
“‘It’s about having a go,’ Peake said recently. ‘If we fail miserably, we fail miserably.’ They haven’t failed miserably but this isn’t quite the triumph one had hoped for. It’s Hamlet in-the-round but not a Hamlet that’s fully rounded.” 3/5
“Director Sarah Frankcom plays with the lines in ways which often make them seem fresh-minted and funny. There is some imaginative set design, though the in-the-round setting, as ever, results in some words being lost when the actors turn their back. But overall this Hamlet is compelling.” 4/5
“If you know your Hamlets, this is something beyond a John Simm or a David Tennant, this is something in the realms of Michael Maloney or Rory Kinnear. “What a piece of work is a man” indeed.
“I like the idea that Manchester could be the home of outstanding Shakespeares – and there’s really no going back after this.” 5/5
“Maxine Peake does what you would expect – deliver a subtle and knowing performance and also manages to give the character a fresh feel which goes way beyond gender. Shifting about the set with eyes in the back of her head, she nails the distrust of Hamlet with ease. She also proves to be a credible fighter/lover and this fine actress has energy to burn.” 3/5
At her Peake: Maxine’s Manchester Hamlet – and her career in pictures
As Maxine Peake plays Shakespeare’s ‘sweet prince’ in one of 2014’s most anticipated productions, take a look at the Silk star’s stage career so far
Follow the link to the gallery here.