I went to see Present Laughter - sadly miscast as Gary the costume designer did nothing to help the hapless Alex Jennings - totally miscast - by giving him a decent pair of shoes. The man has huge feet which, from my £10 seat, certainly did loom larger than they might for other theatre goers, but why did he have to wear brown sponge rubber soled shoes, footwear in which no matinee idol of the 1930s would have been seen dead wearing. It is not a frivilous point - if you are setting something in a time and place then do it properly. And another thought while I am at it - why does Nicholas Hytner employ so many of Mrs Worthington's offspring? Including the male ones.
Costumes, Feet And Casting
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