Posted 09 March 2011 - 08:13 PM
Posted 10 March 2011 - 07:05 AM
Going to be trying to get tickets for it! Missed out when it was last in London over Christmas - as none of my mates wanted to go!
Well if it is the same this time, I will just go by myself.
Posted 26 March 2011 - 12:13 AM
Posted 26 March 2011 - 11:39 PM
This would be a remake of an already classic film and whoever Mackintosh casts will have to go toe to toe with Rex Harrison, one of the greatest ever comedy actors. If that casting comes off badly, then the remake will flop.
The press bandy about names such as Daniel Day Lewis, Colin Firth, Rupert Everett etc, none of whom are completely bad, but they're not going to come anywhere near Rex Harrison. Apparently Hugh Grant been asked and won't do it. I can't see that its within his range myself (and his range is limited, as he'd admit).
As to Colin Firth and Rupert Everett, well, look at their remake of The Importance of Being Earnest. Vocal grooves for that type of language - all over the place. Timing? No sirree. It was beyond them and the film flopped as a result. This is not a film where the editing can save the actors and do the work for them in some scenes. You've got to be flawless with the language.
It needs a titanic actor with comic genius to boot. OK, so my shortlist reads Simon Russell Beale and Alex Jennings.
The latter has proven he can do it, in London and Paris (he even got the Olivier Award for it, despite taking over that role) so why not him? If, as the press suggest, the Eliza Doolittle is to be someone with proven box-office pull, like Keira Knightly or Carey Mulligan, then they will need some ballast in the Higgins role. There is no point in making an illiterate movie like that remake of The Importance of Being Earnest - the public will not buy it.
Posted 27 March 2011 - 10:06 AM
Posted 27 March 2011 - 10:10 AM
Posted 13 May 2011 - 09:55 PM
I can however explain to you why it's transferring. It's sponsored by American Airlines, and will run over the summer when most theatres can't fill, until September. So they probably got a good rate from the theatre. Clearly they're aiming to pull in the tourist crowd who have no idea what a Cockney accent sounds like and Pygmalion is such a classic English play to see. Even so, I doubt they'll make money on it. Whoever plays her dad was great and so was Diana Rigg, Rupert Everett was OK too, but for the lead to be so crap ruins it for everyone.
Posted 14 May 2011 - 04:21 AM
It's transferring because it's a well-known play with a well-known lead who hasn't done any stage work in London for a long long time (when was Everett last on stage here? There was a revival of The Vortex many years ago but I can't remember anything for the last 20 years or so) so many people will be curious to see him. I'd be surprised if it doesn't make money - the Garrick has a good record of knowing what it's doing with that sort of thing. Look at the recent success of When We Are Married which they managed to persuade everyone had a starry cast of A-listers...
Posted 14 May 2011 - 10:41 PM
kara tointen was fantastic!!!!!!!!
the set was very good, but i didnt think much to the flurecent mottling that they had put onto the set!
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