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James Mcavoy - Macbeth At Trafalgar Studios


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#211 canadian_turtle

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:42 AM

My friend would like to dayseat this on Wednesday for the evening performance, any indication what time to queue for a mid-week performance at the moment? Thanks!

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 02:00 PM

Apparently at a recent performance James McAvoy stopped the show because someone was filming his performance on a mobile phone! The standards of theatre audiences just get worse! Why does everyone feel the need to photograph and film everything now ( and possibly immediately post the photos on the social media - "hey look what I am doing/seeing!") Why cannot people just enjoy the moment?

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:51 PM

Just wait until Google release those glasses, theatre land won't know what's hit it.
If I stay awake, it must be good.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:14 PM

Yes, many establishments (theatres, cinemas, casinos and strip clubs) are talking about banning these glasses even before they are available from their premises.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:18 AM

It's a shame that the performance have to interrupted because of some inconsiderate audience member. Hope it didn't affect everyone too much.

View Postcanadian_turtle, on 08 April 2013 - 09:42 AM, said:

My friend would like to dayseat this on Wednesday for the evening performance, any indication what time to queue for a mid-week performance at the moment? Thanks!

I didn't dayseat for this, but my friend went on a weekday about a month ago. She was 6 or 7th in queue at 7 in the morning. Not sure how accurate this would be now. But I guess your friend would have a higher chance of securing tickets if he/she queues earlier rather than later considering that the show is entering it's final few weeks. I'd say 7 am seems safe though :)

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 07:58 AM

I enjoyed this but it goes in the good file rather than great. Not up to the standard of the last Macbeth I saw but that was the Goold/Patrick Stewart production.

All the bells and whistles of the production overshadow the play to some extent and the cast all seem to respond by shouting constantly. Mcavoy still makes sense of the whole thing but no one else really stands out.

Was in the stage seats so got splattered with a bit of fake blood!

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:15 AM

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#218 Kathryn2

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:38 AM

We dayseated yesterday - my friend arrived at 6:30am and was 8th in the queue. The last ticket went to someone who got there at about 10 to 7 - the tipping point was 6:30.

So, before 6:30 is recommended for dayseating next weekend.

I enjoyed the play, but not my seat - I am rather too short and fat to be comfortable on such a narrow bench, and could only just reach the lower foot-rest bar. I was quite distracted by the sound of the cast going on and off and changing (and whispering to each other) behind us. Partcularly noticeable when Macbeth was talking about the witches dissapearing into the air while you can hear the clomp, clomp, clomp of their DMs going down t he stairs!

Overall I wasn't blown away by it. I was probably the only person not to ovate at the end - not that anyone would have noticed, as I would have been shorter standing up than sitting on my seat!

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:59 AM

Saw this last night- v young audience, not surprising given it was a £15 Monday and that half of them are supposed to be first time theatregoers. Would be interested to go o a 'normal' performance and contrast the audience demographic.

Jamie Lloyd clearly has a thing for electric crackles and flickering lights. It's not a new trick, neither is it inventive. It's been done time and time again. Similarly the throwing furniture about and shining torches everywhere. I'm not saying every production should be completely original, but this adds nothing new. It just clouds the play.

Mcavoy is pretty good. Claire Foy overacts the part. As do most of them actually. Shouting, throwing water at each other, hitting tables with axes. It's so damn aggressive that is lacks any subtlety. And the witches are a bit of a disappointment.

It's been well executed- it looks good, a few nice effects though the actual space doesn't feel that transformed to me. I was halfway back in the main seating block and felt quite distant. I'm pleased that I didn't get the back row 'cheap' seats for The Hothouse now. That would feel far too far away. Will dayseat instead.

And transformed also seems to mean jacking prices up. £5 programme - a few good articles, but £5?! - and ice creams (not that I got one) are £4.50.

Semi ovation at the end. Lots of whoops and cheers. Came out late, too. 10.35pm. Caught the train home ok though.



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Posted 23 April 2013 - 12:51 PM

Niche in the market for decent cheap icecream. Ice cream at The National is 'orrible. All over priced everywhere.




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