Posted 22 February 2007 - 01:14 PM
The cast was quite a line-up: Frances de la Tour, the long-suffering maid to Roger Allam whose overactive love life so impresses old schoolfriend up from the country, Mark Rylance, and the three air hostesses, Tamzin Outhwaite, Michelle Gomez and Daisy Beaumont.
All played their parts so well, but whether it was their characters or their own inspiration, it was Michelle Gomez and Mark Rylance who put in prize-winning performances.
No surprise on seeing it that this farce has been so successful in the past. This play is bound to run, and it deserves all the stars that newspaper reviewers have given it.
Posted 23 February 2007 - 01:50 PM
Posted 04 March 2007 - 10:43 AM
Posted 04 March 2007 - 01:16 PM
Saw this last Wed (28th Feb, with £25 tickets from the WOS offer) and agree that overall it was very funny, but I felt this was much more due to the acting and in particular, the skilful directing, rather than the play, which is showing its age.
The highlights for me were: Michelle Gomez - yes, of course she is way over the top but I'm afraid I was in hysterics every time she spoke; Frances de la Tour - fantastic dead pan delivery; and the gorgeous Roger Allam. He wouldn't be the obvious choice as a 'leading man', but he is soooooo sexy! He must surely be one of the most versatile actors working at the moment. I am not a fan of Rylance and normally go out of my way to avoid him, so although he did do the part well, I can think of others who would have been as good, if not better (David Haig, for example).
The set is great, and the cheesy 60s pop songs (sung in French) certainly added to the atmosphere. Overall, a fun evening but I would try to catch it with this original cast.
Posted 10 March 2007 - 09:25 PM
I have just got back from seeing todays matinee and it is one of the funniest and stylish plays I have ever seen. Far funnier than last years Donkeys Years. The West End needs a good farce, and this is it!
It screams sixties style as you enter the theatre with the upbeat french versions of sixties songs playing out to get you in the mood. When curtain goes up the simple but chic set continues that feel, the whole production reminded me of a cross between the films Down With Love and Catch Me If You Can.
The cast is all top notch, Roger Allam who I expected to be the lead, in many ways wasnt. He, in my view got overshadowed by the rest of the cast. Dont get me wrong he was excellent with what he had, but the part didnt on the whole get the best lines or the best scenes.
Frances de la Tour as always gave an effortlessly brilliant performance. She just has perfect comic timing, and can say more with a look than practically anybody else - you could tell she was having ALOT of fun.
Mark Rylance is the real star of the show, a truely amazing energetic perfromance that in my view is awards worthy, SO SO funny. People who do comedy well often seem to be overlooked for actors in more serious roles, but his perfromance cant be easy to do!
Now the three girls, ive always quite liked Tamzin Outhwaite, although she isnt the most amazing actress she is very watchable and in this she proves her worth (much more attractive in flesh as well). Her part is the smallest of the girls, but her comic timing is great, very sexy (as they all are), and really liked her american accent, to be honest she surprised me. Daisy Beaumont, again a very good accent and she really brings her character to life. All the girls bring something different to their roles to make each character different enough to keep the audiences interest. However the real star was Michelle Gomez - amazing stage presence, accent very good (although did veer to Zsa Zsa gabor at times) and for me she did steal the show.
I felt tired just watching this amazing cast, god knows how they do that everynight with the same energy!!
I also loved the curtain call, so stylish, classy yet cheeky and tongue in cheek. Everything in this production just gelled for me and for a good few hours of laughter and to leave with a smile on your face you shouldnt look any further, it may be one of the few plays that I revisit.
For anyone else who has seen it, did the champaigne cork fly up into the boxes or was it a fluke, the cast seemed to genuinly laugh like it was a mistake this afternoon?
The theatre was packed and he got a very strong reception with everyone i heard raving about it, so heres to a long run!
Posted 10 March 2007 - 09:36 PM
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Posted 17 March 2007 - 09:58 PM
I know but I just felt the whole play needed a bigger confrontation rumpus when the three stewardesses met up.
Still saying all of that is it is very, very, very funny and I will be going back just to Mark Rylance again in a couple of weeks.
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