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The Tempest -Shipwrecked Trilogy


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#1 BAGibb

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:18 AM

Has anyone seen the latest production of The Tempest at the RST? What do you think?

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:26 AM

How is Jonathan Slinger?
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:39 AM

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:40 AM

I've booked for it, but not going for a long while (September in fact!).



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Posted 11 April 2012 - 10:27 AM

Let you know tonight.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:16 AM

Press performance is not until 26th

Part of the RSC's crazy let's do 3 press performances back to back

Wednesday Matinee, Wednesday Evening and Thursday Matinee (Errors, Twelfth Night and finally Tempest)

That is heavy pressure on the ensemble - 3 press shows in 27 hours!

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:52 AM

... but they'll have had seven weeks of preview performances and the triple press performance ensures that What Country Friends Is This?, made up of three thematically linked plays staged by a single acting and creative group, will be reviewed as a totality.

Did you mean crazy mentally ill or crazy exhilarating?

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:57 PM

View PostHonoured Guest, on 11 April 2012 - 11:52 AM, said:

... but they'll have had seven weeks of preview performances and the triple press performance ensures that What Country Friends Is This?, made up of three thematically linked plays staged by a single acting and creative group, will be reviewed as a totality.

Did you mean crazy mentally ill or crazy exhilarating?

Probably both

I think it is a lot of pressure on the cast  - and whilst it can be exciting to see a number of plays in a very short period (such as the Histories season), I am less convinced that these three plays form a terribly coherent trilogy

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:11 PM

View Postsimon from oxford, on 11 April 2012 - 11:16 AM, said:

Part of the RSC's crazy let's do 3 press performances back to back

Wednesday Matinee, Wednesday Evening and Thursday Matinee (Errors, Twelfth Night and finally Tempest)

This I suspect has everything to do with trying to get the National Press out of London. News International are so busy paying off hacked [off] celebs that they seem to have slashed their budget for mainstream critics to travel. Covering three shows with just one overnight stay might prove worthwhile.
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 07:03 PM

View PostDavid J, on 11 April 2012 - 08:26 AM, said:

<br />How is Jonathan Slinger?<br />
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He was, as per usual great.I'd say his performance though is only highlighted due to the equally good acting on the part of Sandy Grierson as Ariel who was also great. All round performances on the whole were very good [They'd have to be if even the ensemble characters in Tempest are the leads in the other two shows]. Personally was not a fan of Caliban or Sebastian [played as a girl but with no name change or even referred to as 'she'] apparantly her performance style was very similar to her Viola.

Personally I adored Stefano [Bruce Mackinnon] and Trinculo [Felix Hayes]. The pair work very well off each other indeed.




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