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Kiss Me Kate Transfers To The Old Vic From 20Th November


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#11 Reich

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 11:13 AM

View PostAlf, on 18 June 2012 - 05:23 PM, said:

Has anyone got experiences of the dress circle slips at the Old Vic?? :)

I think I sat there for Elaine Stritch all those years ago. The view was good, fixed proper theatre seats not stools. The seats aren't available online, so i booked them in person. 21squid bargain for the front row of the dress circle :D  Obviously the further round to the middle the better the view will be. so book now, although looking at the website this ain't selling too damn hot!

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#12 David J

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 08:39 PM

I just saw this during the afternoon

Alex Bourne was the highlight of the show as the zealous and rough Fred Graham. He revelled in his role as he sung Wunderbar and Where is the life that I had led?. My reaction to Hannah Waddingham was mixed. I was expecting a riotous performance from her, especially in the role of Katherine, but I was slightly disappointed. Whilst she made every effort to hold a perfect American accent, needed for the shrewd Lilli Vanessi, she held back from the feistiness of her role. Though she did vigorously strop about in the ferocious, and ‘to the point’ song, I hate men, her singing did sound breathy. She even sounded like the Wicked Witch of the West after a while. However she did, like her character, settle down by the end, and was able to pull off an impressive performance.

David Burt and Clive Rowe were very good as the brawny gangsters, and their strong accents allowed them to give a quaint Brush up your Shakespeare. Bill Cahoun was a rather underwritten role for Adam Garcia, yet he performed some fine dance numbers alongside Holly Dale Spencer as the nervous yet alluring Lois Lane. The ensemble too was excellent in this production as they set up a world of show business, both onstage and backstage. The opening of the second act for instance started with them sitting around the stage fanning themselves as the song Too Darn Hot began.

Praise must also go to Robert Jones for designing this world with such detail on the thrust stage of the Festival Theatre. Before the production, the audience was introduced to an elaborate proscenium stage at the back, beyond which was a detailed setting of corridors, dressing rooms, and a sparse stage on the morning before opening night, ready to be filled by stagehands, assistants, and actors. They came on hoisting up stage lamps, brought on costumes and piano, whilst the actors rehearsed the choreography and songs. There was nothing “cheesy and cheap” about it, which was what Jones wanted, as mentioned by the programme.

Also, he wanted a “space that became everything...backstage, on-stage, and mid-performance”, and he succeeded. There was never a moment where nothing was happening during scene transitions, and even when Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi stepped away from their dressing rooms during Wunderbar, the lighting would recreate their performance from years ago with colour. Elsewhere, the lighting would land itself some striking and elaborate scenes. The performance of The Shrew was lit up by bulbs around the proscenium arch, and there was a certain warmth in the lighting during the solo and duet songs.

As a musical-within-a-musical that was based around a historic play, The Shrew itself was designed with black and white backdrops that reminded one of the Trompe-l’oeil set designs. Even the ensemble was dressed in black and white Elizabethan clothes, allowing the main characters to stand out. Set pieces were also made out of black and white cloth and were pulled out of a box, including a large tree, and set up by the actors, giving a magical edge to such songs like We open in Venice. The only problem with this is that it took a little while to set up, and the set pieces did look askew at times.

I had a fun time seeing this musical. Whilst I was slightly disappointed by Hannah Waddingham, the cast gave some wonderful performances, and I loved the amount of attention given to presenting the setting. See this at a Low Full Price.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 06:09 PM

Video here, and production/rehearsal photos there http://www.cft.org.u...te/211#-Gallery

Got to say, I understand what David said about the set it looks fantastic! Hard to believe Rob Jones designed the mediocre Wizard of Oz set now after seeing this.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 08:32 PM

Thank you for this!A proper musical-can't wait for the autumn!

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 08:56 PM

Going on Saturday for my birthday and so excited now. It looks great, I'll report back.
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#16 Jamie Kenny

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:11 PM

I saw it yesterday afternoon. What a fun fun day at the theatre. I loved every second of it! Hannah is absaloutely fierce as are the rest of the cast. Loved Holly as Lois/Bianca. Special mention to Wendy Mae Brown I thought was just wonderful as Hattie. Such a fantastic voice and great stage pressence. Great show. Will definitely be seeing it in London

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 10:27 AM

Loved this, especially Jason Pennycooke's Too Darn Hot. Alex Bourne and Hannah Waddingham are sensational, but I am amazed that Andy Garcia is playing such a small role, still I suppose it's work. I really liked the fabric scene changes too, really inventive. It is perfect for the Old Vic at Christmas. More on my blog if you fancy it http://frontrowdress...r-festival.html
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 03:11 PM

View PostFront Row Dress, on 26 June 2012 - 08:56 PM, said:

Going on Saturday for my birthday and so excited now. It looks great, I'll report back.
Happy belated birthday :-)

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 10:08 PM

Thanks so much Reich.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 07:46 PM

Great fun- Hannah Waddingham perfect. Some great dance numbers using every inch of the Chichester stage. Loved the new arrangement of 'Another Opening, Another Show'. And David Burt and Clive Rowe make 'Brush up your Shakespeare' a joy. Agree that Adam Garcia is a bit underused.

Forgot to say: the costuming is gorgeous.






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