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#171 Honoured Guest

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 04:11 PM

I don't see why this couldn't transfer to another West End theatre with a new Queen. Of course the "box office bonanza" is largely due to HM but lots of other plays manage without megastar casting and people who want to see the play would find available tickets at usual prices. I think Linda Bassett would be perfect for this play.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 04:21 PM

I think she's more a Queen Victoria type.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:56 PM

Sorry, HG, it is Helen Mirren who is the big draw. Just ask around. The punters want to see her 'do' the Queen again.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:16 PM

View PostLynette, on 29 March 2013 - 09:56 PM, said:

Sorry, HG, it is Helen Mirren who is the big draw. Just ask around. The punters want to see her 'do' the Queen again.

I know that! I began by saying that she's the reason for the "box office bonanza". But the play would stand up with another lead actor - exactly as One Man, Two Guvnors carried on in the West End with Owain Arthur when James Corden took it to Broadway - and it might be worth a shot at extending it, to see if there was enough public interest to sustain it. I think the play has strong appeal to a middlebrow audience - the type who flocked to Yes, Prime Minister and who like history documentaries on BBC2 and who listen regularly to Radio 4. Surely a transfer to another West End theatre would cost much less than mounting a completely new production in the same theatre, and the new Queen would probably be paid less than Dame Helen. It must be worth a shot by the producers, provided they can open the transfer as soon as possible after the close at the Gielgud, to maintain momentum. Anyway, we will see...

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:24 PM

Yes, but I cannot think of another actress who could play the part off the top of my head - let alone be a box office draw. Very difficult to cast.

#176 xanderl

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 05:20 PM

I could see Zoe Wanamaker pulling it off.

As HG says its worth a try - worth trying without Mirren to see if it has a longer life. In a few years it will be touring with Anita Dobson.
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 05:38 PM

View Postxanderl, on 30 March 2013 - 05:20 PM, said:


In a few years it will be touring with Anita Dobson.

There's a pun in there somewhere.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:12 PM

I've always thought Samantha Bond could take over as she's also played the Queen. Helen McCrory would be good but she was Cherie Blair in the Queen and The Special Relationship so may cause confusion.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:38 PM

OK, I got it -- Honor Blackman.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:30 PM

Any advances on Honor Blackman?
My guess is Juliet Stevenson.
2014 theatre: Blithe Spirit (Gielgud)  Booked: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy)  Waterbabies (Curve)  View from the Bridge (Young Vic)  Birdland (Royal Court).




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