Does it matter that the costumes in the new TV adaptations of Shakespere's "History Plays" are a bit all over the place?
It's bloomin' random, that's what it is.
I wish they'd either do proper historical costume, or modern costume, or contemporised period costume, or even full on fantasy costume. The apparently historical costume is quite frustrating.
We've agreed that we'll just ignore costume, and armour and other props for the whole series, because otherwise it's unwatchable and we have to stop the playback everytime a new character appears on screen.
Sometimes, we fail in this resolve.
My view is this. Shakespere's Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V are not historically accurate. They are a portrayal of events from the late 14th and early 15th centuries written in the late 16th century. A truly 'authentic' version of Shakespere would be in Tudor costume, as has been done at the reconstructed Globe. Yes the costumes might be a bit 'fantasy' but at least the dialogue is good which is more than be said for many 'historical' dramas.