The Master And Margarita
Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:24 AM
I am having a Bulgakov Day on 31st March....matinee at The Master and Margarita followed by Collaborators in the evening at National. I have a ticket spare to both as daughter can't make the date now - can give back both for credit so doesn't matter if no-one wants them but thought I would offer them here first! Stalls ticket for Barbican B19 £32, K21 at Cotteslow £32. Private message me if you fancy!
Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:00 AM
Posted 23 March 2012 - 10:56 AM
Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:53 AM
I haven't read the book and I'm going this evening so I'll let you know! Very much looking forward to it.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 01:57 PM
I had no idea she is in it. I'm looking forward to it even more now - one of our best stage actresses.
Pairs of seats at rear stalls have become available for a small number of dates - https://www.barbican...asp?shoid=34230
Posted 23 March 2012 - 02:54 PM
Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:11 PM
Thanks, just read it following your tip.
Oh my word. My hands and lower legs have gone weak.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:02 PM
The performance of Paul Rhys is something to treasure as is the staging which allowed the audience to use their imagination whilst being something spectacular in itself. Less impressed by Sinead Keenan as Margarita, she sounded strained and denied more of an emotional connection, for me, but that's a small point in what was a three hours that zipped by and more than balanced by great performances from Tim McMullan, Angus Wright, Richard Katz etc. etc.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:10 PM
I agree with pretty much everything you've said, except about SM's performance which, while it wasn't the best one I've seen of hers, I still thought was very good. Her delivery of just that one word "delighted" over and over in the ball scene, becoming incresingly frantic, was wonderful. But yes McMullan was perhaps the best I've seen him - the very first Pilate scene will remain in my mind as something very special. I really liked the focus on that character as Pilate is a figure I've been intrigued by for many years. McMullan's delicately weary entrance, with the terrible pain in his head, was a treat to watch.
This might be the most grand-scale, epic Complicite production I've seen, but then I haven't seen everything they've done.
There was an enjoyable post-show Q&A with McBurney as well.
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