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Posted CreativeSaul on 19 August 2011 - 12:11 PM
I wish that this sympathetically written and beautifully acted play had a better venue which it so richly deserves.
Posted mjr on 08 November 2013 - 01:39 AM
Posted vertigo1 on 11 March 2014 - 01:01 PM
Posted Nicholas on 23 February 2014 - 12:19 PM
Posted BurlyBeaR on 13 February 2014 - 11:05 PM
I had no preconceptions about it at all, never even saw the film but I sat there literally with a smile on my space the whole night. And guess who the stand out performance was.... Rufus Hound and that was the last thing I was expecting. He's so energetic, very cute, the acting is great and the singing great too. He certainly shows up Robert Lindsay in that department.
All the cast were excellent. No weak links, loved Samantha Bond and the guy who plays the French guy. The costumes and design were gorgeous, it looks very very classy.
Got invited to a focus group afterwards and the feedback was pretty much 100% positive. Some sound issues bring the only real complaint (orchestra too loud on some songs, drowning the vocal).
I really wasn't in the mood for going tonight but so glad I did. Loved it.
Posted vickster51 on 21 July 2011 - 10:42 AM
Posted Orchestrator on 02 September 2013 - 06:12 PM
Anyone Can Whistle; the Noh/Semaphore version, starring Meatloaf and Sarah Palin
No, No, Nanette (Ballet) featuring live Ninjas
Despicable Me—The Stage Show with actual drama critics as the Minions
Ivor Novello—A Retrospective; Biggins playing Novello
Dynamo Derek—a unique novelty act
Everton—The Dance Spectacular (co-produced by Bill Kenwright)
Posted JonnyBoy on 21 August 2009 - 05:55 PM
Off the top of my head:
Lenny Henry at Hairspray
Brian Paddick at a cabaret table in La Cage
John Hurt and Kilroy at His Girl Friday (NT) - they weren't together!
Tom Stoppard at ...some trace of her (NT)
James Corden at House of Bernada Alba (NT)
Anne Marie Duff watching James McAvoy in Three Days of Rain
Simon Amstell at Some Girls (watching friend Catherine Tate)
Charles Dance watching Piaf
Michael Billington watching and reviewing Entertaining Mr Sloane
Posted freckles on 10 April 2014 - 10:20 AM
I'm getting a bit tired of people being slapped down for not praising everything to the heights - whether they are critics, members of forums or people on social media. The ultimate measure of success is surely the production itself, and I see no harm in forum members discussing their views freely. Of course, as with all forums there will always be trolls & extremists, but there are enough heartfelt, genuine contributors on WOS to make it a very useful & interesting resource.
I too feel that I support theatre by buying tickets (and programmes & drinks etc) but if I really didn't rate a production, I don't see any harm in sharing my views. I am interested to hear what others have to say when I'm thinking of booking something and it would be a great loss to me if everybody were unerringly positive and "supportive" at the expense of honest opinion. Of course, I am the first to share when I absolutely love something too.
I know there has been discussion in the media recently about the effect of word-of-mouth and social media on the success, or failure, of a show but think there is a very real danger of social media platforms being hi-jacked by PR bods rather than genuine theatre goers. (Even on these boards, you know who you are!) Many productions use social media as an aspect of their publicity; for some smaller, underfunded shows it is often relied upon as the primary means of promotion. Hence sometimes what one reads online does not truly reflect how the majority of the audience reacted, or how well a show is selling. I've seen at least two fringe productions that were so talked up on twitter that you'd have thought they could have instantly transferred to & filled the Palladium, yet when I saw them, they were seriously lacking. I think the lines between PR and genuine debate are becoming blurred, and feel forum members have a duty to maintain the WOS Forum as a platform for genuine comment & opinion.
So carry on with your observations; I'm going to & I doubt our comments can ever really be blamed for closing a show, the responsibility for that does lie with the production itself.
Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 06 March 2014 - 11:20 PM
Posted Lynette on 24 December 2013 - 05:42 PM
Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 29 August 2013 - 11:23 PM
Grammar, not spelling, darling.
Posted mrtheatre123 on 19 August 2013 - 07:47 PM
Posted Lynette on 09 June 2013 - 03:11 PM
Posted justafan on 14 June 2010 - 04:01 PM
Posted theatremonkey.com on 25 March 2014 - 09:15 AM
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“Good evening, person sitting in front of me” (humming along, eating crisps, checking phone), “would you” (scratches programme) “like a free programme, as I have two?” (leans over and holds right in front of person’s nose)...
Posted vertigo1 on 11 March 2014 - 03:16 AM
I will ALWAYS give my 100 percent honest opinion on all aspects of a show and thought DRS was outstanding, I was lucky enough to see the Broadway Production as well and thought this matched it all the way (in fact I think set and costumes were far better).
I really hope this finds an audience in London as it really deserves it. I hope all of you that get to see the show have as much fun as I did.