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#31 wickedgrin

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 02:20 PM

Apparently they are looking for a "name" for the lead though!

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 03:14 PM

Oh I really hope that isn't true!

If anyone is interested if you book through headlong top price seats are £39.50 instead of £52.50, I enjoyed it but doubt I will go again so soon after seeing it.

** for performances before 15th March

** though any performance I have tried to book still says £52.50 :s

#33 sam22

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 03:18 PM

JUST IGNORE ME ALL. It does the discount when you check out

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 03:20 PM

 wickedgrin, on 07 March 2014 - 02:20 PM, said:

Apparently they are looking for a "name" for the lead though!
What a damn cheek!  I found the play a bit of a struggle but I thought Mark Arends was clearly the best thing in it, the real heart of the whole piece.

#35 xanderl

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 03:21 PM

The Guardian reports there will be 101 tickets for each performance at £19.84
"witty ... both made me laugh but also gave me pause" - Mark Shenton, The Stage

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 03:38 PM

A lot of them must be available from agents as I just looked through Headlong and tried loads of performances and very few for each available at 19.84!

#37 wickedgrin

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 03:43 PM

Yes, I know recasting is awful for the WE but that is commercial theatre I'm afraid. Awful for the current lead. It used to happen all the time for Alan Ayckbourn's plays which originated in Scarborough with an unknown cast then transferred to London with star names such as Penelope Keith and Richard Briers etc.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 04:31 PM

 sam22, on 07 March 2014 - 03:38 PM, said:

A lot of them must be available from agents as I just looked through Headlong and tried loads of performances and very few for each available at 19.84!

Possibly some are day seats or released later like Donmar Front Row?
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Posted 07 March 2014 - 06:02 PM

I enjoyed this once I had made it through the jumpy timeline of the first 15 mins or so.  But - on the night I watched the play I sensed the Almeida audience was finding it hard going.  I'm surprised by a WE transfer.  Another thumbs up for Mark Arends.

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 12:49 PM

I saw this on tour and it divided most of the audience into total love or hate. I loved the structure of the story and thought it worked really well for a stage re-telling. Interestingly in one of the post show talks the cast revealed that about 90% of what seems to be 'additions' or 'alterations' were actually found in Orwell's notes/postscript (it's been years since I read it so can't corroborate that!)

I did have a strange thing happen to me watching it (I was still working as an usher then) and the final time I saw it I had the most extreme reaction to the content (which I won't spoil here but suffice to say fairly graphic) I was shaking for a good 20 minutes after. And I'm not normally one to be 'affected' that strongly by such things.  Probably because a) I knew what was coming and B) I'd seen it something like 5 nights in a row. But still a very strange reaction.
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