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#41 jaqs

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:01 AM

I got mine at 9, but it was still showing as available at 9.05 before going blank then to sold out by 10 past, quite interesting given its previews. At least it was quick, no crashing etc.
Thanks for the tip upthread about being logged in to your account before starting.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:08 AM

Oh, it'll show as available for a bit of time after it's sold out- it's quite slow at adjusting like that!



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Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:22 AM

The Royal Court website patiently explains the details of the online booking process for The River to people who can be bothered to read it and aren't foolish enough to ignore it. Prior logging on to your account is strongly recommended. Unsurprisingly, "Sold Out" is displayed once all saleable tickets have been purchased. So, "Available" is shown while at least one ticket remains in someone's basket.

I also considered a "dry run" to hone my online speediness before my chosen attendance day. But I thought it possible that the online box office might have a cunning program to block any user attempting to place a ticket for The River in their basket on more than one day, so I decided a dry run might have disastrous adverse consequences!

I'm looking forward to reading the review in Angling Today.

#44 jaqs

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:48 AM

I quite enjoyed it but it wasnt queue up for hours cant miss it.
The performances were all very good and Its so intimate that it was easy to imagine Mr West was just casually cooking us dinner.  

Lots of babbling brook type noises so do go to the loo beforehand.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:39 PM

I saw this on Monday evening thanks to the queuing of kjbkjb. Personally I thoroughly enjoyed this production and it will definitely make my top 10 of the year (74 productions and counting to date). As has already been said it's hard to comment without giving something away and I wouldn't want to have seen this knowing the plot. It added to the magical feel of the piece to not know what direction it was going to head in. I didn't read Polyg's review until after I'd seen it but I made the exact remark as her when we came out - that for me it was poetic. The dialogue flows like a river and transports you to the cabin in which it is set. I really did feel I was there. I also found the piece had an aura of magic to it, which I still can't really pin down, and was quite relaxing.

All the cast are very good. Mr West plays his part well and displays a range of emotions, as do the women. I thought both Miranda and Laura were very good and each brought something different to the production. The set is also very authentic and I agree with jaqs that the imtimacy makes you feel you are in his kitchen. I could watch him cook all day!

Overall, even though I didn't have to this time, I thought it was worth queuing for and would gladly see it again if it wasn't such a challenge! I'll be interested to see what the critics think. It's not Jerusalem but for me it was just a wonderful in a different way.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:42 PM

Oh no...I'm getting interested! Perhaps I shall just sneak a go at the website one day..... :ph34r:

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 05:59 PM

Apparently Jez is doing everything he can to make it possible for people to see his play...

http://www.bbc.co.uk...t-arts-20102172

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 06:24 PM

Its those new people again.....I am amused that quite a lot of them are people from this forum who are regulars!

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 06:36 PM

Oh, Latecomer, were Statistics and Stochastic Processes absent from your Mathematics syllabus? You should understand this with your specialist insight.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 07:15 PM

Just to add my spoiler-free thoughts from last night's final preview...

Refreshed the website at 9 and got a pair of tickets without any problems.

Really magical show. There is nobody else that I've encountered who is currently writing such fantastic plays that manage to touch on so many more subjects than they are ostensibly about. Lots of excellent gentle misdirection in the plotting, funny lines, ponderous monologues full of wonderful poetry. Butterworth has a knack of creating a real world where highly theatrical and poetic turns of phrase seem natural in his characters' mouths; "the water was gin-clear". For me his genius is creating an atmosphere where we come out questioning not whether his characters and his world are real but rather whether what they were telling each other was true within the real world that we take as given that they inhabit.

Acting is first rate all round, and it's wonderful to see such a small, quiet, darkly lit and subtly acted show in such an intimate environment. As has been said, don't go expecting the brash colourful noise of Jerusalem. Perhaps this won't have the same broad appeal as it lacks Johnny Rooster Byron (Dom West is brilliant but it's not quite the same transformation that Rylance went through to play that role) but this is a really wonderful night of theatre. The full 5 stars from me.





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