Time Out says
But ‘Anonymous’ is not simply slapstick and silliness: John Orloff’s meaty script handles the central art versus politics debate in broad but convincing terms, and his placing of Shakespeare’s texts in a contemporary political context lends the fiery on-stage scenes within the newly built Globe theatre a genuine charge. The cast is strong, and while shameless hams like Rafe Spall as boozy, womanising gadabout Will Shakespeare and Edward Hogg as hunched, Richard III-alike Robert Cecil tend to steal the show, there are moments of subtlety, with the mother-daughter team of Joely Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave bringing unexpected pathos to their roles as Queen Bess. But the most pleasing aspect of ‘Anonymous’ is its sheer sense of fun. Think of it as a high-end Christmas panto, as a red-faced, enthusiastic cast are put through the paces by their barking, domineering director. Louder, faster, bigger, more!
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