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#241 Epicoene

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 12:29 PM

View Postarmadillo, on 21 October 2013 - 12:24 PM, said:

Did you not see Thark at the Park? I'm not sure it has entirely stood the test of time. See also Rookery Nook at the Menier
Yes, but those are Aldwych farces, not Whitehall. I am not sure either if they would stand up today, but with the right cast they might. Inevitably you'd need to cast from TV performers who comprise the most practiced farceurs these days, so that might be a problem for Norris. It was interesting to see Rob Brydon cast in Aykbourn recently, he'd be perfect for the Robertson Hare roles in the Aldwych series. Actually I see "Dry Rot" has been revived a couple of times recently, and is listed in the NT's list of 100 best plays. Perfect. If they could assemble a cast like that at Derby they'd be quids in:  Liza Goddard, Susan Penhaligon, Neil Stacy, Gareth Hale & Norman Pace

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 03:16 PM

Saturday's three-hour BBC Radio 4Extra spectacular on the NT's 50 years included a full re-broadcast from 2009 of The Reunion of Laurence Olivier's NT company (starting at about 17 minutes in) with Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, Michael Gambon, William Gaskill and others reminiscing together around the studio table. The programme really brought home how that first manifestation of the NT was quite unlike the current organisation. It had a permanent and hierarchical acting company, from which every production was cast, and it retained many more productions in rep at one time and frequently toured, nationally and internationally.

In fact, the NT operation has changed with every new Director, and then morphed again during their tenures. The two constants, since the 70s, are the South Bank building and David Hare - and now even parts of the building are changing.

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 05:44 PM

William Gaskill - there's an article to be written on how he established himself as an expert on directing restoration comedies despite being a terrible director of restoration comedies.

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 10:06 PM

Epi, it would be interesting to read your version of this unwritten article sometime!

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 11:42 AM

Dry Rot! Would need proper acting comic genius as Brian Rix was. You can't do this stuff with a knowing wink. Needs conviction.

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 07:14 AM

View PostLynette, on 22 October 2013 - 11:42 AM, said:

Dry Rot! Would need proper acting comic genius as Brian Rix was. You can't do this stuff with a knowing wink. Needs conviction.
Agree. Fatal to get all postmodern over that class of material.




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