A Doll's House - Young Vic & Duke Of YorksCracknell & Stephens
Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:19 AM
However, the show still belongs to Hattie Morahan who turns herself inside out as Nora. I'd been so ready to write her off as flappy of hands and generally unremarkable, and then she did this. It's an incredibly well measured, entirely believable, fully inhabited tour de force. Yes, she can be a little bit garbled and speedy in her delivery a couple of times, but I still managed to catch everything she said.
The applause last night was like being at a rock concert. People stamping and cheering and whistling, yet not one person stood up. Go figure. I hope this three week return isn't the end of the road for this production.
Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:28 AM
Was anyone else in on Monday who heard a phone going off in (I think) Act 1? I could hear it but it was thankfully not near me.
I booked it so long ago I forgot I had front row, and that it was only £10. It was nice to be reminded that, no matter what some might say or think, you can see great theatre in London for a tenner.
Plus I discovered Masters Super Fish on Waterloo Road, a few minutes walk around the corner from the Old Vic. It's among the very best fish & chips I've had. For £7.50 I got a selection of 4 types of fish with very good chips (and the batter was crisp and gorgeous), and at no extra cost you get ketchup and tartare sauce, onions and gherkins, plus on arrival you get given bread and butter and 3 shell-on prawns to nibble on. There are also grilled fish options for those who don't want deep-fried & battered. Its nearest rival in my experience is the functionally named The Fish & Chip Shop on George Street in Oban. Excellent, but not so handy for the Young Vic.
Terrific theatre and excellent cheap food all for under £20 (I sound like an advert now).
Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:11 PM
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 04:54 PM
An obvious point to make, I know, but the play still feels so relevant in these austere times, not least because of its spotlight on family finances and borrowing to make ends meet etc - perhaps the money-lender Krogstad would be replaced by Wonga in a modern-day version? And I'm sure that in the week of Thatcher's funeral, I detected a little murmur in the audience when Nora tells her hubby that "I don't even really know what society is. I don't know if there's any such thing." Talking of Krogstad (Nick Fletcher), a colleague who went was disappointed that he wasn't more evil and menacing, whereas I quite liked the fact that he was this sort of chippy bloke from the office, a slightly pathetic, hard-done-by figure rather than some sort of over-the-top baddie...
Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:51 PM
Posted 24 April 2013 - 06:00 PM
That was a bit gratuitous, thrown in to pander to the chattering class audience, but it was a rare slip in a decent adaptation.
Posted 17 May 2013 - 07:05 AM
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