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#31 Nicholas

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:23 PM

I saw this on Saturday and very much enjoyed it.  I don't necessarily think it's a classic or quite on par with his others, but it's still an absolute treat.  Everyone in it is superb, though obviously the three sisters around whom it's centred are unparalleled, especially Frances De La Tour.  I've got to say, I'm not entirely sure what the actual shooting of the film in the centre of the play artistically added, but it produced some big laughs.  It's certainly very funny and, in that Bennett way, very cutting and very honest.  I saw the Bennett platform yesterday and as much as anything it was a treat just to see that set again (though it was much more of a treat to actually see the great man himself).  A little delight.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:34 PM

I enjoyed this a lot tonight! Some interesting thoughts in there along with the laughs.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:43 PM

Just back from tonight's performance. I thoroughly enjoyed this play. It was very well acted, poignant in places, very funny in others and certainly made me think about the National Trust in a different way! I'd happily see it again. Recommended.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:40 PM

Yep, I agree with the above. Parts of it, the NT guy, reminded me of old satire, beyond the fringe stuff he started in the game with. Loved the reveal at the end. Actors looked like they were enjoying themselves in a very professional way of course. Nice for an Xmas outing. Can take granny! She knows all about the Canadians.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:36 PM

I saw this a few weeks ago.

I wish Alan Bennett would just retire...

His output is getting worse with age and it frustrates me that the NT devote whole months of their calendar to his new plays.

There is nothing offensive about it and the lead cast members are all masters at their art.

But the material is so middle of the road it makes me weep.

These great actors are reduced to pantomime (look at Linda Bassett, whose last two outstanding stage performances were at the RC in Wastwater and In Basildon).

Yes there were a few interesting subjects raised, but Alan Bennett is incapable of any sort of subtlety and insists of painting everything in such broad brushstrokes.

His nearest "competitor" I see as Alan Ayckbourn and I find the latter offers a much more interesting view of life in his plays.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:03 PM

View PostParsley, on 09 December 2012 - 08:36 PM, said:

I saw this a few weeks ago.

I wish Alan Bennett would just retire...

His output is getting worse with age and it frustrates me that the NT devote whole months of their calendar to his new plays.

There is nothing offensive about it and the lead cast members are all masters at their art.

But the material is so middle of the road it makes me weep.

I had a similar reaction to this when it was announced as was mentioned elsewhere on this board - I thought, new Bennett, at the NT... in the Lyttleton... directed by Hytner... it's got De La Tour in... I suppose to some people all of that is like putting on a nice dependable comfy pair of old slippers. But it made we wish it was going on somewhere else, directed by someone else, starring someone else. Once I'd have jumped at the chance of getting tickets straight away to a new Bennett. Now, I can't be bothered.
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:33 AM

The best thing about this play for me was that I only paid 12 pounds to see it.  Talk about no "there" there.  Despite the best efforts of the cast - Linda Bassett in particular - I didn't believe in these characters for a second, they were cartoons masquerading as people.  The porn shoot stuff would have been an embarrassment to Benny Hill.
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:54 AM

View Postmallardo, on 05 January 2013 - 01:33 AM, said:

The best thing about this play for me was that I only paid 12 pounds to see it.  Talk about no "there" there.  Despite the best efforts of the cast - Linda Bassett in particular - I didn't believe in these characters for a second, they were cartoons masquerading as people.  The porn shoot stuff would have been an embarrassment to Benny Hill.

Agreed (and I only paid £5).

The National produced far better stuff in 2012 than this was. Seeing Linda Bassett did redeem the afternoon somewhat - however the material she had here was far inferior than I've ever seen her play before.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:47 AM

Dinner party chat tonight ( yes some people still give them and yes I do get invited) was that People is very disappointing and drawn out. I don't know anyone who liked it. I expect they will think twice before giving Bennett free rein next time. It's a gift, knowing when to stop. ( shurrup )

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:42 AM

View PostLynette, on 06 January 2013 - 12:47 AM, said:

Dinner party chat tonight ( yes some people still give them and yes I do get invited) was that People is very disappointing and drawn out. I don't know anyone who liked it. I expect they will think twice before giving Bennett free rein next time. It's a gift, knowing when to stop. ( shurrup )

So, the friends of Thora have turned on their guru. Still, I'm sure that Alan Bennett liked it. Sorry to hear he's not in yoiur supper circle.




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