Posted 08 March 2007 - 03:40 PM
Posted 08 March 2007 - 05:04 PM
have to say this is my experience too, when ive done tv, ive had line changes thrown at me at extreme last minute and the blocking changed completely before filming and guess what you have to get on and do it!!!
Posted 08 March 2007 - 07:16 PM
I also don't think it is naive in the extreme. To not have a reasonably ready understudy from the first night seems rather like having holiday insurance that only kicks in well into your holiday!
I have seen some excellent understudies go on under extremely difficult circumstances (when I saw Cory English, which was very early in the run, it didn't even look like the costumes fit him!) and they didn't have to read the part.
Though in the recent As You Like It, wasn't Helen McCrory's understudy unprepared, so Sienna Miller did Rosalind instead?
Posted 08 March 2007 - 09:18 PM
Posted 09 March 2007 - 12:03 AM
Posted 09 March 2007 - 03:39 AM
Posted 09 March 2007 - 02:51 PM
I don't care for either Richard Griffiths or Daniel Radcliffe particularly - they're just actors, and should be as professionally competent as any others to handle these roles. All I want is to pay my £50 and see a good play, whoever is playing Dysart, and I feel I got value for money.
(For reasons of pure curiosity, I would probably like to see Richard Griffiths at some later stage, just to see how he would handle this role, but I feel in no way 'hard done by' in having been given the pleasure of seeing Colin Haigh in one of the major roles. I've come to the conclusion that he's wasted as Dalton - he may even be better than Griffiths, but I've no comparision as yet!)
Having said all that, I would certainly have been disgusted to see Haigh as unprepared as he is reputed to have been the other night - there is no excuse for not being largely prepared with respect to the script - with the possible exception of any minor last minute modifications, of course. I agree largely with people who say the performance should have been cancelled, rather than allow someone so unprepared to 'wing it' - this is a completely unprofessional position for a supposedly professional company to take. I would definitely have demanded a refund, or tickets to a future show (regardless of which actor had the role that night!), as in my opinion, the product did not fit the description.
I'm sorry people have been disappointed, but future patrons will still see a great Dysart in Haigh - even if Griffiths was unfortunately their inital draw.
Posted 10 March 2007 - 10:33 AM
Posted 10 March 2007 - 11:03 AM
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