Posted 04 March 2007 - 05:11 PM
Posted 04 March 2007 - 05:24 PM
It was Jodie Whittaker (I think she was probably seriously considered for the part, cos she's mentioned in lots of interviews recently how much she wants to play Nina) on the first night, and then Anna Madeley took over indefinitely until Carey Mulligan returns.
Posted 04 March 2007 - 05:42 PM
I noticed one fluff up when there was quite a long pause before Radcliffe took over but the rest went okay I thought. If anything, it put Radcliffe's performance in an even better light. I still enjoyed it.
As someone said earlier, I'm going to see it again too at the end of the run specifically for Griffiths' performance and I'm trying out one of the stage seats this time.
Posted 04 March 2007 - 05:47 PM
That's terrible. Surely they should have proper understudies, or like Pastor Manders in Ghosts did they think they could get away without insurance? What happens if Daniel Radcliffe is ill during the run? You can't have an 'understudy' reading the script.
Jonathan Readwin is Radcliffe's understudy.
I saw Jenny Agutter stroll up at the stage door about 30-40 minutes before the start of the show, dressed in jeans and trainers, without any fuss. She signed autographs for the 4-5 people hanging around, chatted to a couple, and then breezed on in.
Posted 04 March 2007 - 06:54 PM
I'd agree that Colin Haigh made the very best he could of an unfortunate situation (as did the rest of the cast.) I was quite intrigued by what he might have made of the part given more time. He did the first long, introductory speech without script and based on this I imagine his Dysart might be closer to my mental image of the character, from reading the text of the play, than Griffiths.
Posted 04 March 2007 - 07:24 PM
Posted 04 March 2007 - 07:40 PM
Posted 04 March 2007 - 08:12 PM
I can certainly see why you want your money back. I'd quite like something back myself, or possibly a discount on another ticket to something, but I'd have been very very disappointed if they'd cancelled the show as I travelled down from the midlands at a cost of £50 to see the play. I know that at least some of the rest of the audience had travelled some distance too.
Posted 04 March 2007 - 08:21 PM
He did several long, complex speeches without a script - there was one at the start of the second act too I think. He was obviously pretty familiar with it, just not polished. I think I'd rather he had aide memoirs than try to carry on without them and possibly make a complete mess of it.
I loved the way the various scenes flowed from one another involving little more than a couple of light switches and a few turns of the boxes. Having Radcliffe sitting there with his back or profile to the audience, carefully lit, was very well done I thought as it illustrated and linked the subject of each private conversation.
Posted 04 March 2007 - 09:34 PM
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