Personally I think it was fine for the NT to stage this play which, after all, is regarded as a European classic. However,putting it in the Olivier as part of Travelex was an act of folly - a Donmar-style run of a few weeks in the Cottesloe would have been adequate.
Ha! Sorry that looks a bit "Why should I be only one to suffer this play, let's torture school children and innocent members of the community" when what I meant was "Consider the actors feelings and introduce underrepresented groups/those that can't afford it to the theatre experience" surely they'll forgive in time?
It is painful to see people sitting on each other's laps and having to stand in This House (which I know is transfering to the Olivier soon and thus saves them having to find another Damned by Despair-esque disaster to stage) whilst the epic Olivier is practically empty. I am sceptical that NT wouldn't think this would be the case. Maybe they underestimated This House's success but Philip Glenister fans alone could have filled the Olivier if my attendance yesterday was anything to go by.