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#1 Parsley


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Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:43 AM

Saw this last night at Richmond (the blue rinse brigade were out in force).

Excellently acted production of (another) weak Coward play.

Trevor Nunn works his usual magic and manages to transform a play that should be about 2h 20m into almost 3 hours.

Nice staging (although only the one very sturdy set, which is a bit boring after a while).

Patricia Hodge totally holds this together and the show is a must see just for her.

Caroline Quentin also does well (with a difficult role).

Rory Bremner interestingly sardonic as the butler. Looks the part too!

Katherine Kingsley rather shrill and shouty (same as she was in Singin in the Rain almost in fact!)

This is supposed to be coming to the WE (from what I hear).

I can't see it making that much of an impact....yet again a show that is much better off on tour (and probably one of the best regional shows I have seen in terms of staging and casting).

Possibly the most pointless use of video I have ever seen features in this show.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:01 PM

I imagine it'll end up at the Vaudeville or Harold Pinter if they transfer this year or perhaps the Wyndhams when Barking in Essex finishes in January.

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