Claudio played by Phil Cumbus
Much Ado About Nothing (2011)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Globe favourite Phil Cumbus returned from Abu Dhabi with the 'Playing Shakespeare' Macbeth to join the main 2011 season as Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing.
Phil talks us through the Much Ado tech week. He explains how helpful he finds this last week of rehearsal, in terms of getting used to costume, working with props, and even having a mini audience in the form of the Globe tour groups.
Phil talks about the importance of the audience as a silent character and how movement sessions have enabled him to give Claudio more of a physical openness.
In this interview, Phil talks about Claudio's successful army background and how this might impact on Benedick's challenge of a duel. Phil also remarks upon Claudio's infrequent use of verse, yet that it is important and significant to an interpretation of his character.
In this first interview, Phil Cumbus talks about his quick transition from one Shakespeare play to another; from the role of Macbeth to Claudio. He also talks about his apprehension of the first day of rehearsal, meeting the cast and creatives and speaking his part out loud for the first time.