Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:43 PM
Loads of tickets available as well - not surprised if the promotional codes dont work. So much for technology!
Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:14 PM
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:58 AM
However, that said the production is lovely, simply and attractively designed and costumed. Gillian Lynne's choreography witty and clever. A terrific cast - what a pleasure to see artists such as Peter Land, Robert Meadmore and Rebecca Lock.
Betty Buckley is of course just wonderful. What a thrill to see her in such an intimate space. Her renditions of "I dont want to know" and "I was beautiful" with tears in her eyes was just musical theatre perfection. A masterclass.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:49 AM
And charm there is aplenty. Yes, it's a silly plot (based on an old French novel by Giraudoux) with caricature characters, but the production capitalises on this & uses a lot of mime & movement to give the show an almost cartoonesque feel. The sets are stunning, it is one of the most polished things I have seen at the Charing Cross. People around me thought it was "weird" but everyone seemed drawn in by its warmth & I think Gillian Lynne has achieved something much closer to what was originally intended.
You will like this if you have recently loved the older, hidden gem musicals that have been quite prevelant on the fringe lately (which is a good thing!), such as Mack & Mabel, Victor Victoria, Sweet Smell, Steel Pier etc.
Betty Buckley was incredible, what a presence! It is worth seeing for her performance alone. But don't let that take away from everyone else, the entire cast is top notch. I hate to single anyone out, as there is something positive to say about each & every one of them, but the guy who played The Mute, Ayman Safiah is an absolutely beautiful dancer & so compelling to watch. I predict great things for him. And he has one of the loveliest bottoms I have ever seen.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:52 AM
Judging by his tweets last night however, Daddy Shenton hated it. I hope he's in a minority.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:04 AM
Will be interesting to see what all the critics make of it...
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