Published on June 2nd, 2008 | by Christian Cawley
Tate Talks out of her Bottom
Doctor Who co-star Catherine Tate has had a varied career, from becoming a queen of British Comedy to having also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
As a result of her impact on comedy – as well no doubt spurred on by her success in season 30 of Doctor Who, the actress was invited to Powys literary festival to discuss Shakespeare, and in particular his comedies – where she revealed that she struggled to enjoy the Bard’s comedies at times.
"It’s got to strike a chord with us. We can’t write Shakespeare off but wearing bells on knees isn’t going to work."
She definitely has a point – for me the best Shakespeare is the modern-day adaptation, such as Ian McKellen’s Richard III. There’s no reasons why the comedies shouldn’t be given the same treatment.
It’s interesting how different productions interpret Shakespeare – and indeed other classical stories – in a modern context; it would be fascinating to see in 500 years time how the adventures of Doctor Who are replayed for a new audience.