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#21 The Glenbuck Laird

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:55 PM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 15 March 2013 - 10:50 PM, said:

It's a terrible play
After Privates on Parade I was looking forward to SRB in something good. And then you post this. Disappointed.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:04 PM

You're taking Mr. Barnaby far too seriously.
Excuse me if I seem jejune
I promise I'll find my marbles soon.

#23 Epicoene

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:43 AM

View Postxanderl, on 16 March 2013 - 09:48 AM, said:

Alternatively it's a masterpiece - http://www.guardian....jul/19/theatre2

Depends whether you see Michael Billington or Mr Barnaby as an authority on the theatre I guess.

Mikey is notoriously unrelaible on the subject of Pinter. Because he is his authorised biographer he is predisposed to find even his lesser scribblings (of which there are plenty) to be masterpieces spoilt only by inadequate productions.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:56 AM

Charles Spencer gave the NT production what I guess would have been a 4 star review if he had given stars

http://www.telegraph...ssing-link.html

He liked the production at the Comedy too

http://www.haroldpin...hothouse2.shtml

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 12:52 PM

Are you obsessed with CS or is there some point to this historical research?

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 12:59 PM

View PostHonoured Guest, on 19 March 2013 - 12:52 PM, said:

Are you obsessed with CS or is there some point to this historical research?
  The implication of Epicoene's post was that Billington had an ulterior motive for giving the play a good review. I'm looking forward to hearing why Spencer did (the only explanation I can think of is that it's actually rather a good play...)

#27 theatreliker

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 04:44 PM

It's interesting that the photo from the National's production looks similar to the current production of Old Times. (With Lia Williams, the set and the costume looking similar).
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#28 Epicoene

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 07:23 AM

View Postarmadillo, on 19 March 2013 - 12:59 PM, said:

The implication of Epicoene's post was that Billington had an ulterior motive for giving the play a good review. I'm looking forward to hearing why Spencer did (the only explanation I can think of is that it's actually rather a good play...)

When did Charles Spencer become the sole arbiter with Mikey of whether a play is good or not ? We are in trouble !

My implication was not that Mikey had an ulterior motive, just that he had been so close to Pinter and his works for so long writing the book that his opinion was being coloured by rose-tinted (albeit black-rimmed) glasses. And that comment wasn't just related to this play but several others where his review was the most positive about the play itself. I was also thinking of a production of "Mountain Language" and the Donmar "Moonlight" - with the latter Mike's was the only review (****) that praised the play itself and even his partner on the good play committee Chas Spencer (**) said it was no good.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:27 PM

Harry Melling to play Lamb.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 03:47 PM

John Heffernan, Indira Varma and Clive Rowe also in the cast.






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