Quartermaine's Terms - Rowan Atkinson
Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:17 PM
Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:28 PM
Are/ will they be doing day seats?
Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:15 PM
Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:55 PM
Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:38 AM
In other news - I have a ticket going spare for Wednesday 6th (i.e. I can't go), it's one of the £47 tickets for the back of the stalls - would anyone like to grab it off me for, say, £35? Will post in the "Ticket Exchange" section in a moment.
Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:32 AM
Funny. My Billington review has four stars!
Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:32 AM
Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:15 PM
But it's by no means Atkinson's show. The whole cast are as strong as he is and because of Gray's writing and the depth of the performances, these characters have been fully developed. Will Keen is outstanding as the part-time (though workaholic) teacher who is clearly the outsider in the staff room. He's a social failure, struggling to make do in life. This job is his life line, whereas for St John, this job is his home, his family. Felicity Montagu charts a woman's breakdown, and the filtration of private life into work life brilliantly, and Louise Ford brings a fresh, youthfulness - a different generation to the rest of the staff - in a highly detailed performance. And Malcom Sinclair, Conleth Hill and Matthew Cottle are all as good, if not better, than usual.
But though I make it sound like 2 1/2 hours of misery, it's not. Gray's script is incredibly witty, and sets up some great - almost farcical at times - situations. But here's my only qualm with the play. We get these plot points, but we never find out how they're resolved. The curtain falls, and rises again and we're 10 months later. Gray keeps you hanging as to what will happen, but he never drops you, which gets a bit aggravating. But I think the play should be taken more as an observation on life, a study of characters. And in that sense, this could hardly be bettered.
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