Losing someone at this stage is always a bit of a challenge, but I thought that Williamson was the weakest link in this particular chain: a competent and workmanlike performance with some rough edges, but you expect that in preview, but actually not as threatening to these larger than life characters than perhaps he could have been. I did think at the time that maybe playing it as an upper class twit (he is after all a relative in a sort of sinecure) might have worked, but maybe the new person will provide a bit more nastiness. I might go again just to get another version of the picture.
I have also realised that I have seen Tom Smith before in Black Watch at the Edinburgh Festival when he was very young. It has been nagging me a bit. I agree, Jan that the Dance Coriolanus would not be to everyone's taste, but it is one of the performances that lives with me years later, which is the point I was trying to make about this play, but in this case not a solo performance but a group working together to produce drama at its best.
QUOTE(Jan Brock @ Oct 8 2007, 02:56 PM)
Alda was Levene. At the time there was talk of the entire production transferring to London - I think the new London production has the same director (I have not checked).
I see an actor in the new production has withdrawn and the press night is postponed - bad news as it is an emsemble piece.