But is jamie Lloyd's season not only rivalling his mentors at the coward but surpassing it?
In terms of casting I would hardly say the Trafalgar Season is surpassing anything in the WE (let alone the MG season).
The Macbeth was sold out for one single reason and I think Peter and Alice (despite being a terrible play) created as much as (if not more) of a ticket demand.
It was that very Macbeth that was the most disappointing and underpowered that I have ever had the misfortune to see (having seen it at least 9 times). It ruined my favourite play for life.
The production quality and standards at Trafalgar Transformed are actually below that of The Donmar yet the prices are up to 6 times as high.
Fine that JL has been "tutored" by and worked with first class directors.
Yet what is he offering that is exciting, or fresh or new in this WE season?....nothing as far as I can see.
Personally I do not think he has the skill or vision to offer a truly rewarding WE experience and is much better off in theatres like the NT and Donmar.
And if they are trying to compete with "names" in the WE then (IMHO) that has also been a massive flop.
Nothing to rival Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Jude Law and Daniel Radcliffe.
In all respects the Trafalgar season has been underwhelming, unglamorous and boring and from the outset it seemed like a pallid copy of other various "seasons" that directors have mounted.
And the venue is absolutely revolting.
I would have had much more interest and favour if they had presented a well priced selection of new plays (but that might have been too brave) in the vein that The Donmar did in studios 2.