Posted 18 March 2007 - 10:25 AM
What does he believe in?
Posted 18 March 2007 - 10:32 AM
Posted 18 March 2007 - 10:56 AM
I liked Market Boy too. And I certainly don't think you can rely on people suddenly developing an interest in theatre at the age of 40. I certainly don't qualify for an under-25s discount yet I am often bored senseless by the sort of safe Peter Hall-style costume theatre that is geared towards older theatregoers. Nor will I suddenly develop an interest when I reach a particular birthday.
And I have no idea why having a strong publicly declared underlying morality or philosophical code is any more important for a theatre manager than it is for a teacher or lawyer or local government clerk. What business is it of theatre goers what Hytner believes (though I would have thought his politics were fairly clearly in evidence to anyone who had bothered to see Henry V or His Dark Materials or Stuff Happens or any of the many other overtly political plays produced during his regime).
Posted 18 March 2007 - 12:57 PM
The 'let's go up to the front in a jeep' Henry V was absolutely ghastly, pc garbage of the worst possible kind.
Posted 18 March 2007 - 01:04 PM
Just as a matter of interest, Jan, why don't you, for a change, start a thread about something you like? And why are people here so determined that if they don't like a show or a director or actor, nobody else should? It seems fashionable on this board to despise critics for their attempts to dictate puplic taste while doing the same thing for a smaller readership.
It is really tedious for everyone else to point out how you misrepresent almost everything I say, but as this post is a worse example than usual here goes:
1) I did not say "no new audience". My comment was that it should not be an important part of an artistic policy (as it is with NH). No-one 40 years ago had this as an artistic policy, and yet there is a flourishing theatre scene today, so how come ? The answer is simple (as I said) good productions will attract good audiences - that's all.
2) I did not say that I "really haven't enjoyed" any production. I said I didn't like his artistic policy. The two are different.
3) As for your "why don't you start a thread about something you like ?" - you mean like my thread about the Rupert Goold "Tempest" a few days ago that almost no-one replied to ? That's not much of a discussion is it ? I say I like something, and one other person agrees, and anyone who might disagree will incur your displeasure for posting "negative" comments.
Richard: Right again, the Henry V was the worst production of the play I have seen, no question.
Posted 18 March 2007 - 01:08 PM
Posted 18 March 2007 - 01:30 PM
By the way, I suggest you edit your post to remove your sniping about "Peter Hall-style costume theatre" because it makes you sound like an ill-informed callow youth - he championed the early work of Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter and even now in his (albeit mediocre) new Bath season is presenting his own version of Animal Farm, and two new plays, which do not fall into that category either. You might enjoy "Animal Farm" in fact, as I did 20+ years ago.
Posted 18 March 2007 - 01:36 PM
What does he believe in?
He seems to believe that 1970's sit-coms are funny, if his treatment of the Asian characters in "Alchemist" and "Man of Mode" are anything to go by.
Posted 18 March 2007 - 02:14 PM
I liked Market Boy too. And I certainly don't think you can rely on people suddenly developing an interest in theatre at the age of 40. I certainly don't qualify for an under-25s discount yet I am often bored senseless by the sort of safe Peter Hall-style costume theatre that is geared towards older theatregoers. Nor will I suddenly develop an interest when I reach a particular birthday. <snip>.
And I didn't say that you or anyone else would develop an interest when you reach a particular birthday. I said that theatre appeals to an older demographic which if you look around audiences is true. Older people are a renewable source so a theatre full of older people is not in itself a problem.
I also liked Henry V, I didn't rave about it but I liked it, along with almost everything that Hytner has directed (Man of Mode aside). I am a bit bemused by his current portrayal of Asian characters but I can only assume that the Asian actors playing the roles feel they are acceptable and I know that Hytner was one of the few leading directors to champion mixed casting at least as far back as the late 80s so I'm inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt on the current situation.
I always have been and still am a big fan of the NT and since Noble trashed the RSC it really is the only producing house in London for straight drama. I don't mind who takes over or what they do as long as they present a variety of shows at afforable prices and, up to a point, respect (which includes challenging) the audience that keeps it going.
Posted 19 March 2007 - 10:45 AM
Laughed at the awfulness of the Jeep (and everything else) in Henry V, particularly as it looked like a gratuitous attempt to flaunt a fancy prop which was lying around from Nunn's South Pacific.
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