A Night of Crime and Punishment. "Shakespeare's Villains" by Steven Berkoff. Festival Theatre [review]
Bramwell, Murray Ross
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In the polite world of English theatre Steven Berkoff has always been the bad boy, and, even at sixty eight, he is still a bit of a lad. We owe much to him - for the turbulent rough magic of "East", for the curdled wit of his play Decadence, for the outrageousness of his "Salome" and the camp guignol he has brought to a posse of Hollywood baddies. But this time around, with his solo investigation into "Shakespeare’s Villains", Steven Berkoff trades innovation for self-indulgence and instead of illuminating such scheming subjects as Iago and Macbeth, he mires them in flippancy and flappy pantomime.