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Sweet Bird Of Youth At The Old Vic


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#1 sushisamba

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 01:06 PM

In previews now. Anyone seen it yet? Looking forward to seeing it in a few weeks.

#2 Pharaoh's number 2

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 01:43 PM

No, not yet. I'm there on Saturday though, and will report back then.

Interesting to read that James Graham (of This House fame) has acted as dramaturg on this, attempting to make sense of this, according to Marianne Elliott, "problematic" play.



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 03:01 PM

Amusing but positive blogger review of the first preview here:

http://twistedskirt....f-youth-at.html



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 03:18 PM

Does anyone know the running time for this... Thanks, Caz

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:13 AM

It's no Glass Menagerie. Many characters are underwritten, it's quite heavy handed. There's no real delicacy to it, until the denouement, and a beautiful speech delivered by the fading movie star Princess Kosmonopolis. It's from there we get the title - Sweet Bird of Youth.

Marianne Elliott does a very good job of it though, even if Rae Smith's design is a bit clunky in its transitions. The first two scenes - a good hour - are just the Princess and her new found lover, Chance Wayne. She's a wreck, he's a prick. But Kim Cattrall and Seth Numrich more than hold it. They're excellent.

And Elliott stages the play's climax in the second half very well indeed. That's thrilling.



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 10:08 AM

Just to let you know the running time is 3 hours with a 20 minute interval. Saw this yesterday afternoon, loved it. Kim Catrall is superb, the girl who plays Emily reminded me of a young Joanna Woodward.... giving away my age! lol

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:37 PM

Mark Shenton has been rather disparaging of the show on twitter, particularly of Kim Cattrall. Will be interesting to see the press reviews in the morning.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:42 PM

Don't listen to him- the more I think about it, the better Kim Cattrall and especially Seth Numrich are. They elevate the material. True, her wig isn't brilliant though. I'd have kept her natural locks.



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 11:45 PM

5 stars from Charles Spencer in the Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph...Vic-review.html

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:16 AM

I haven't seen this yet, going soon but re the wig-  I saw clip on the telly and was wondering if the wig is because she is supposed to be a bit over the top, losing her hair? The wig was so obviously a wig and these days they do good hair on the stage  but this character might be just covering up ..... No, yes.? Wrong tack?




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