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#121 dude-1981

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 08:57 PM

View PostRH1234, on 17 October 2012 - 05:33 PM, said:

Worth seeing despite bad reviews? Wondering whether or not to return my tickets... don't want a waste of an evening.

Hard to say as it has changed since I saw it.

There is plenty you could be seeing at the mo instead of this.

How much do you like Bertie Carvel?

Did you book because it sounded good or because you just book for everything at the NT.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:26 AM

Finally got the podcast episode edited
We discuss Damned By Despair from about 8:06
http://ayu-londontheatre.org/?p=301

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:38 AM

As Michael Billington has reminded us Stephen Daldry directed an acclaimed version of this play, and he also directed an acclaimed version of The Kitchen (at the Royal Court). Based on that I'd expect Bijan Seibani's next project to be a 3rd-rate revival of An Inspector Calls.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:43 AM

And then Billy Elliot updated to rural Iran.



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Posted 19 October 2012 - 11:48 AM

Just browsing the NT website and checked out sales for this for tonight.  Seem to be incredibly poor.  Much worse than next Friday night which seems to be a fair comparison.  A good 450 plus tickets available for tonight.  Whole rows of prime stalls.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 12:17 PM

Quite undestandable, as Fanny Cradock is a specialist subject on Mastermind on BBC2 tonight.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 08:02 AM

View PostKathryn2, on 06 October 2012 - 08:55 AM, said:

I didn't find Carvel the slightest bit convincing as a thug - the voice was all wrong.

He must have been off when I saw it, they had Dale Winton playing the part.

Bijan Sheibani has directed at the NT, Donmar, Almeida and Arcola so someone must think he's good but unfortunately on the evidence of several of his recent productions he isn't. He's the type of director who can only survive in the subsidised sector and who bolsters his intellectual credentials by never directing comedies preferring heavy-going somewhat obscure plays where you can always blame the play itself for his poor productions (this type of director always ascribes interval walk-outs (plenty in this one) to failures on the part of the audience rather than themselves). The NT should oblige him to direct a mainstream popular entertaining play next, then we'll see if he's any good.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 05:41 AM

Was this ever intended for cinema broadcast, I wonder? Presumably it would have been eligible (no rights issues) and it's a large-scale production.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 08:12 AM

View Postarmadillo, on 22 October 2012 - 05:41 AM, said:

Was this ever intended for cinema broadcast, I wonder? Presumably it would have been eligible (no rights issues) and it's a large-scale production.

One of the most poignant moments was the curtain call - they just came out once, bowed briefly, and walked off forever, I can't recall the last time at NT that they didn't come out at least twice. It must be depressing for them to be appearing in such a poor production when in general it is nothing to do with them but rather the fault of the director.

It is totally unsuitable as a Travelex production, any "new audience" seeing this will be put off for life.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 10:20 AM

Yes, I feel very sorry for the cast having to continue. When they lopped 40 minutes off it after previews, the Arts Desk review memorably noted the 'sense of a production in the process of self-erasure', but of course it limps on for two more months. At least they aren't doing 8 shows a week for all that time.

If The Magistrate is a hit, maybe they will give it some of Damned's December dates - that happened with One Man Two Guvnors and Rocket to the Moon.




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