Michael Grandage Season
Posted 15 June 2012 - 04:22 PM
I wasn't going to book all five as I could only get balcony seats for Dream, but thought, sod it - I'll book all five and it's practically a free seat. I've booked them in a couple of separate transactions, but a call to the box office has them sorting me out a booking fee refund.
Really looking forward to all of them, I've done a mix - stalls for Privates on Parade and Inishmaan, circle for Peter and Alice and Henry V.
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:47 PM
Great season and great casts anyway.
Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:54 PM
That way lies ruin me thinks!
The sharp eyed amongst you will notice I lasted all of an hour before I went back and completed the set with Henry V, having claimed I could resist it. I like Grandage Shakespeare, it is clear, usually quite well cut, beautifully lit and full of emotion. I see he wants to make Midsummer Night's Dream "very sexy".....can't wait!
Posted 15 June 2012 - 06:14 PM
In that case, David Walliams' Bottom might prefer Simon Cowell's Titania.
The initial casting seems a bit jumbled. Simon Russell Beale was in Alice at the Royal Opera House last year, but he's not in Peter and Alice. After Equus, one might see Daniel Radcliffe as a natural for Privates on Parade. Judi Dench could have extended her range by taking the title role in Henry V, although she'd probably "interpret" him as "Judi Dench", just like every other character she's ever played.
Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:00 PM
Kathryn 2 - I'm at the matinee of Cripple of Inishmaan with you on 22nd June - Royal Circle H16-H17
Otherwise: Privates matinee 29/12/12 rear stalls
Peter and Alice evening 23/3/2013 : Royal Circle
AMND matinee 29/9/2013 Royal Circle
Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:52 PM
That said, it sounds hugely exciting.
Simon Russell Beale is never out of work is he!
Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:30 PM
Yes, I wouldn't pay £57.50 for a play in 2014, if I was unsure I could make it. £10, yes, but not that much,
Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:43 PM
To those who feel the pricing strucure is too commercial, they are missing the most amazing thing about this season - that it is being produced as a commercial venture (and by a brand new company at that). How brilliant that one of our West End theatres, which are so often lambasted for playing cheap and easy shows to crowds of disinterested uncomprehending foreign tourists, will show a 14-month season of quality drama (hopefully!) to full houses (hopefully!) and make the producers enough money that they will hopefully repeat the experiment and we'll all be getting our knickers in a twist about tickets again in a year's time. Only Kevin Spacey's Old Vic attempts anything remotely similar, and despite being a bit hit-and-miss has produced some of my favourite shows of the past few years (their production of The Norman Conquests being one of my all time favourite theatrical experiences). I hope to be able to say the same, or better, of the Michael Grandage company in the future. Good luck!
Posted 15 June 2012 - 10:18 PM
What a coup of a season, anyway - just what we were hoping the post-Donmar Grandage would cook up.
Posted 16 June 2012 - 11:06 AM
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