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Has The Donmar Lost Its Spark?


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#11 Latecomer

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 07:53 PM

View PostLynette, on 24 March 2013 - 03:46 PM, said:

Latecomer, give The Weir a try and let us know what you think. I loved it first time round when it won the Olivier.

Will do! B)

#12 Epicoene

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:33 PM

View Postarmadillo, on 24 March 2013 - 01:57 PM, said:


  Like everything else, it was much better in the old days. Apparently...

When Howard Davies was running it for the RSC you mean ? Agree.

There was much that was dull in the Grandage and Mendes era too , but the undoubted high points of those two eras haven't been matched or even approached yet.


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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:35 PM

None of the productions last year or this have appealed to me. Definitely lost its spark

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:38 PM

View PostEpicoene, on 24 March 2013 - 09:33 PM, said:

When Howard Davies was running it for the RSC you mean ? Agree.

There was much that was dull in the Grandage and Mendes era too , but the undoubted high points of those two eras haven't been matched or even approached yet.
Actually I liked it best in the 1980s between the RSC and Mendes eras

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:46 PM

I liked it best when it was a banana ripening depot


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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:56 PM

I've been more recently than at any time since Mendes. The programmes appeal to me more and I've enjoyed the ones that I've seen.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 06:59 AM

View Postarmadillo, on 24 March 2013 - 09:38 PM, said:

Actually I liked it best in the 1980s between the RSC and Mendes eras

I agree, for example the Cheek by Jowl "Pericles" was very good wasn't it.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 07:54 AM

I was thinking more of the cabaret performances.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:07 AM

View Postarmadillo, on 25 March 2013 - 07:54 AM, said:

I was thinking more of the cabaret performances.

I was joking actually, that Pericles wasn't much good and not a patch on the Stratford East production the previous year (1983). During that interregnum period in fact I only have a record of Cheek by Jowl performances at the Donmar.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:06 AM

I've just had a look and realised I haven't been back since Richard II in 2011. I just haven't been drawn to any of the more recent productions or any of the star names that the Donmar used to be so adept at hiring.
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