Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:44 PM
Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:04 AM
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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:58 AM
I try not to read reviews before I go see stuff so no I didn't know what it was about.
How far does one have to be away from ones childhood to appreciate this drivel then???? It was a long time ago that I watched an episode of Blue Peter
Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:02 AM
There's not reading reviews and then there's being uninformed.
Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:22 AM
Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:36 AM
Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:39 AM
Well, Lynette, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Henry V are both written by a wellknown, often produced playwright and only three cast members have been announced between the two plays, so I don't think they match your theory. Michael Grandage previously successfully directed Privates on Parade in the tiny Donmar so he obviously likes the play and wanted to show it to a much wider audience. He also successfully produced John Logan's earlier play Red at the Donmar, and transferred it to Broadway, so Peter and Alice is a continuation of his John Logan premieres, and the ideally suited casting of Ben Wishaw and Judi Dench for these two roles allowed it to be staged in a large West End theatre rather than somewhere small and niche like the Donmar.
The reason for many people's disappointed reactions to Peter and Alice is that they booked to see it on the strength of: "Oooh! Michael Grandage! Oooh! Judi Dench! Oooh! Ben Whishaw!", with no thought at all as to whether they had the slightest interest in the actual play!
Posted 06 May 2013 - 10:05 AM
And announcing the cast is surely an art learnt at the feet of PR gurus in business school?
I didn't know about the Logan connection. But you're not not gonna tell me that people bother to look up the play ( often not published in advance) when the Dame is mentioned? The Dame just gets booked, the old telephone directory joke. Foolishly people think that if she is in it it must be good.
O and directing a play again cos you like it? Producers go for this do they? Or do they not go for 'and I've got Simon Russell Beale of course!' Or maybe, ' I've got Simon, now what to put him in...o yes I can do that old chestnut again, very west end and people won't all have seen it at the Donmar'.
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