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Stephen Frys Importance Of Being Earnest Confirmed


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#1 Jamiem

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 07:40 PM

Opens next year in the west end with him as lady Bracknell
John galliano in talks to do costumes
Could be great fun and lavish

#2 Jon

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 10:34 PM

Isn't this planned for The Haymarket? Think Fry would be brilliant as Lady Bracknell

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:06 AM

I'm unmoved - he was pretty ordinary in Twelfth Night.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:44 AM

you're right actually about  his Malvolio - not a particularly interesting interpretation, and the 'some achieve greatness' went for naught. Olivia was wonderfully reinvented as was Maria, shame his Malvolio was just serviceable. Nothing wrong with it at all. I remember Antony Sher's  Malvolio as being wonderfully unnerving and on the edge. But maybe Lady B will release him. Not the first man to play her of course. And actually I'm in a production tomorrow of twelfth Night with a female Malvolio....

#5 Epicoene

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:45 AM

View PostMonteverdi, on 12 July 2013 - 08:44 AM, said:

Nothing wrong with it at all. I remember Antony Sher's  Malvolio as being wonderfully unnerving and on the edge.
Sher has described that performance as a complete failure, during previews he knew it was horribly wrong but it was too late to do anything about it, he pulled out as soon as he could (I seem to think Edward Petherbridge took over). He played it as some sort of Greek orthodox priest who was genuinely insane at the end from what I remember. Not much good. Fry isn't much of an actor but doesn't need to be for this pantomime, his adoring fans will lap it up.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:30 PM

I cannot think of anything more unappealing or vomit-inducing than the idea of seeing Stephen Fry in this.

Sounds boring and horrific.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 11:21 PM

I know it was only a touring production filler, but this hardly set the box office alight in 2011 at the Harold Pinter. I know Stephen Fry will probably pull them in, but I just don't see a demand for this.
If I stay awake, it must be good.

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 08:44 AM

I was lucky enough to see Geoffrey rush play Bracknell in Melbourne - wonderful
I think fry and that wonderful face of his and his height and timing could make him superb
It is the best English comedy
I'm looking forward to it

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:23 PM

There was a production on Broadway a few years back with Brian Bedford which was well received.

The other rumoured theatre for this is the Gielgud but I imagine that depends on how Barnum fare.




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