Posted 29 October 2007 - 03:36 PM
Was it How I Learned To Drive by Paula Vogel (with, I think, Richard Whately too)?
Posted 29 October 2007 - 05:11 PM
Sorry I have been away, I took a week of to read Billington's "magesterial" history of recent theatre. Here's a quote: “Les Mis…represented a degradation of standards and a vulgarisation of taste that seemed neatly to encapsulate the philistine spirit of the Eighties.”
Haha that quote is awesome - just don't let the musicals board catch you. I was listening to Billington on the radio this morning, enthusing about 'Beyond the Fringe'. Funnily enough he didn't take the opportunity to slate Sir Trev's offering.
Posted 29 October 2007 - 05:15 PM
You must either mean Richard Whiteley or Kevin Whately. Probably the latter.
Posted 29 October 2007 - 06:20 PM
He missed a trick there - when Peter Cook was at Cambridge in the Footlights doing his E.L.Wisty skit (an act that he spun out for his entire career with even the script little changed) he acquired (like Monty Python did later) a bunch of obsessive fans who used to go around repeating the act verbatim adopting the Wisty voice, and prominent in this group of acolytes was Trevor Nunn.
I believe in his masterwork Mickey Billington also slates Trev's "Nicholas Nickelby" on the grounds that no adaptation should ever be done in the theatre. Actually I haven't read his book, I lifted the quote from the surprisingly entertaining "Michael Coveney's Outrageous New Blog".
Posted 30 October 2007 - 09:22 AM
Ah, yes, you're right; Kevin -- though a pairing of Richard Whiteley and Carol Vorderman (in the McCrory part) would have been interesting.
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