The NT and the Bard
Posted 02 April 2007 - 03:44 PM
Is this right? Since the RSC left the Barbican itís very difficult to get good quality Shakespeare at an affordable price. Ok the RSC stuff can be priced reasonably but itís a West End theatre (which I always find a find a pain in the butt in terms of sight lines, leg room and foyers)
Do the NT have duty to fill their gap and give us a large healthy diet of the Bard or are they right to give their stages over to other writers
I personally feel Londoners are missing out
Posted 02 April 2007 - 03:53 PM
As for no Shakespeare at affordable prices - I saw the Propeller productions at the Old Vic via Get Into London Theatre for £20 each for excellent stalls seats. There's plenty around if you look.
Posted 02 April 2007 - 04:24 PM
I would rather chew off my own ears then attend the Globe!
Personally I much prefer the style of production you get by Propeller but my concern is that England's Ďgreatestí playwright isnít getting the treatment he deserves. Surely he deserves at least one big spectacular a year? And currently the NT can provide that
Posted 02 April 2007 - 04:49 PM
Oh dear. How disconcerting for you. Try sticking a pin in the map anywhere else in the UK, look at the local theatre scene, and see if you still think the same.
Posted 02 April 2007 - 04:54 PM
Posted 02 April 2007 - 06:25 PM
Posted 02 April 2007 - 06:30 PM
And I personally feel you're having a laugh.
Furthering sanderling's point; I can only talk for myself, but I'm certain that I'm not in the worst position in terms of local theatre scene.
I live roughly the same distance the other side of Stratford as London, only I have no local West End for them to visit. I also have only 2 theatres (neither producing) that I can reach without having to make a 'big trip' out of it (i.e. journey time within an hour).
In my home town there were (I believe) 4 Shakespeare productions last year- two were 'Shakespeare for Kids', one was, though not marketed as such, very similar (and hugely patronising), and the other was on for one night, and whilst apparantly quite good, only available to around 100 people who were available that evening.
I don't know how many Shakespeare productions there were last year in London, but there are, as you are so quick to discredit, several RSC productions a year (probably equal to the number of productions I manage to see at Stratford), the Chocolate Factory and other fringe venues, and at least 95 others listed here. There are also one-off venues such as that used for Faust, tiny venues that are often described as 'rooms above pubs', and even numerous drama schools which put on regular productions.
I apologise for making such a list, and for focusing on myself, particularly to those living in even more remote areas, but it is a subject that I feel quite strongly about- you (or any other Londoner for that matter) should not be ungrateful, and would be utterly foolish to suggest that people elsewhere have it better.
Posted 02 April 2007 - 07:19 PM
Propeller, Donmar etc are great but we need a big showcase and the NT or the Barbican can do that but yet we're not getting it at the moment
Posted 02 April 2007 - 07:29 PM
As for a 'big showcase', there is the Globe, which does primarily Shakespeare, and Stratford is only an hour or two away- the fact that you're the capital city as you point out is irrelevant to this argument- are you suggesting that all of the theatre industry in the country should move to London, because its officially the capital city?
I'm fairly sure that you aren't, and I agree with your original point, the NT could do some more Shakespeare, but I don't think you can claim that there isn't plenty of Shakespeare in London (certainly in the South, with the RSC as well, there is more than I could afford to see), and vehemently disagree with the suggestion that you're 'missing out'.
Posted 02 April 2007 - 08:04 PM
Perhaps the Roundhouse could become a new regular Shakespeare venue?
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