The Captain Of Kopenick- Nt Olivier
Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:04 PM
Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:14 AM
The translation is tin-eared but that is a minor problem. The play is interesting with its echoes of Gogol, Brecht, Kafka and (surprisingly) Pinter, and it was a big hit the last time the NT staged it (with Paul Scofield). Sher is good. But everything is ruined by an absurdly overblown and inappropriate production by Adrian Noble - he should have gone the whole hog and just commissioned a musical based on it because that's what he seemes to have wanted to direct, right down to the extended song and dance interludes to cover the large scene changes - it is ridiculous that a play coming out of the Brechtian era should have been produced in this way.
Posted 09 March 2013 - 11:09 PM
Posted 09 March 2013 - 11:26 PM
Good set, too. The revolve is used lots and lots.
Posted 23 March 2013 - 10:52 PM
Antony Sher good - he can carry pretty well anything. The rest did what they are paid [ inadequately ] to do. Having seen Our Country's Good this week at the St James - better play, acted with conviction, basic set etc and reasonable price tickets - I can only weep at the waste of money I have just seen this evening at the Olivier.
Posted 23 March 2013 - 10:54 PM
Posted 23 March 2013 - 10:58 PM
But then at least it would have been funny.
Posted 25 March 2013 - 11:01 AM
I suppose everyone who wanted to has seen it by now (or maybe it has closed) so spoilers don't apply, but one of the most unnecessary and embarrassing bits of business I have ever seen was the empty uniform mime interlude at the end - spelling it out for the hard of thinking using a piece of theatre for the under-5s. I'm not sure Adrian Noble will be invited back again.
Posted 25 March 2013 - 04:02 PM
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