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#297216 Betty Blue Eyes 2014

Posted Polly1 on 18 March 2014 - 11:00 PM

Saw this tonight, final preview and it's in excellent shape. Betty is wonderful :) Clever set, excellent use of lighting, great choreography, cast work very hard. There is a 4-piece off stage band although a few of the cast play in the Primrose ballroom section.

Painting by Heart has been cut, or rather replaced with a shorter song  for Wormold, Upholding the Law.

There are some great songs in this show and it has such humour and heart, I really hope it's a success this time round.

#296052 Olivier Award Nomination Predictions 2014

Posted Polly1 on 10 March 2014 - 03:58 PM

View PostVDCNI, on 10 March 2014 - 01:55 PM, said:

I'd forgotten Lindsey Marshall - she should be there instead of Sarah Greene. Inishmaan was all a bit average.

But Innishmaan is going to Broadway,  where they will be delighted to have an Olivier nominee (cynical,  moi?)

Especially disappointed for Humbley and Edwards but tbh, these awards have lost all credibility over the last couple of years. If Chimerica doesn't win best play, however, I won't be responsible for my actions.

#291995 King Lear - Nt

Posted Polly1 on 07 February 2014 - 02:34 PM

View Postpopcultureboy, on 07 February 2014 - 02:10 PM, said:

Agree on Anna Maxwell-Martin, to a degree. The end of the first half, I just thought "stop shouting 'Dover', could you?" but then in the second half, I thought she was wondrous. Kate Fleetwood was stunning in looks and performance from beginning to end.

'Come on, Dover, move yer bloomin' ****'

Sorry :P

#289616 Putting It Together

Posted Polly1 on 16 January 2014 - 08:40 AM

Bumping this as it opened last night but will be swamped by the new Globe's Malfi and it really deserves to be seen. Janie Dee will get the plaudits, and rightly so, she is sublime but Damien Humbley is still my favourite, just wonderful. The little orchestra is superb but so young, they all look about 12.

#282890 Merrily We Roll Along To Get Digital Theatre Release?

Posted Polly1 on 03 November 2013 - 08:41 PM

Saw it this afternoon in Braintree - no more than a dozen of us :(
Was really looking forward to it after seeing the show in the summer and wasn't disappointed - the beginning made a lot more sense having seen the ending before! Thought the filming in general was pretty good, only a couple of occasions when I was begging for them to pan out. Such great performances from the whole ensemble but I just love Damian Humbley. Will definitely download when available next month.

#282669 NT 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted Polly1 on 02 November 2013 - 10:16 AM

Well done, PN2, v pleased the ticket went to a theatre nut (!) as I'm not sure how many NT regulars there were in - the people behind me were admiring the colour of the seats and the lady next to me didn't even recognise SRB (cardinal sin in my book!)

Yes, it's definitely 'made for TV', although I actually enjoyed watching the stage hands (contrary to Nick Hytner's instructions in his charming speech beforehand), especially the one who ran on each time a 'veteran' needed guiding off. A very funny moment when we had to applaud a random man sitting in the seat to be occupied by Dame Joan P tonight!

I thought the special scenery they'd created for many of the scenes was, as you would expect, superb (the cabinet for No Man's Land deserves a special mention), as were the lighting backdrops. So many memorable moments, the musical interludes were obviously the crowd-pleasers but the intimate speeches were also given rapt attention. I too was particularly impressed with Andrew Scott. Look out in The Mysteries for some 'big guns' sitting in the crowd (if they show it). Several of the scenes (notably Arcadia) made me want to see a full production with that cast IMMEDIATELY. The epilogue, with Frances de la Tour, and curtain call were particularly well done, I thought, and very emotional, goodness knows what it'll be like tonight :)

All in all, a privilege to be there on an extraordinary and unforgettable evening (with a free programme chucked in for good measure, which in a moment of madness afterwards I got signed by SRB and Benedict C). I really hope it plays well on the TV, theatre fans will of course lap it up but whether it will convert any non-believers or just come across as bitty and a 'luvvie-fest', I don't know. Whatever, Hytner deserves huge credit for pulling it all together, could only have been done by the National Theatre, long may it reign!!

#282057 NT 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted Polly1 on 27 October 2013 - 02:37 PM

At 7.30 this evening on BBC4 Extra (radio), there is a transmission of the 1983 production of Amadeus with Paul Schofield. Next Sunday is Pravda.

Edited: 7 o'clock, not 7.30, sorry.

#279558 NT 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted Polly1 on 02 October 2013 - 09:07 AM

Got a great seat - at the moment ('subject to change'), might have a camera in front, I suppose,  but at the moment I am more excited than is seemly for a woman of my age :)

#279503 NT 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted Polly1 on 01 October 2013 - 05:38 PM

Yes! I've been lucky - anyone else? Got over-excited and tried to book straight away when booking doesn't open until tomorrow morning, oops.

#270030 Donmar New Season

Posted Polly1 on 24 June 2013 - 12:18 PM

I doubt very much if 17th Jan is Press Night, as it starts previewing on 6th Dec! The Donmar always put certain nights off sale for various reasons (Directors forum etc) and these are usually the dates when odd tickets pop up. Any Donmar members out there know which dates these are so we can mark our card? Thanks.

#264085 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted Polly1 on 02 May 2013 - 01:48 PM

View PostNicholas, on 02 May 2013 - 12:02 PM, said:

Harriet Walter (though lots of people look like Harriet Walter) and a very enthusiastic Bill Nighy (no-one looks like Bill Nighy) at the My Perfect Mind matinee yesterday.  Also two seats set aside for a "B Cox" but the people who occupied those seats were neither a great Scottish actor nor a physician, so go figure.
Harriet Walter was Harriet Vane to Petherbridge's Lord Peter Wimsey. Bill Nighy had to push past me in a row once, long ago but never forgotten ;)

#258185 Longing (Hampstead)

Posted Polly1 on 12 March 2013 - 12:28 AM

Went tonight and the returns queue was empty - hardly surprising given the awful weather - but the theatre was packed. Nearly didn't bother to go myself as a long cold trek but so glad I did, thought it was absolutely brilliant. I can see that it isn't everyone's cup of tea but you couldn't fault the production values and the acting was superb - Tamsin Greig always does it for me and well matched here with Ian Glen, even the minor parts very well done. Agree with the critic (can't remember which) who said it would be great to see the whole cast (+ creatives) do a 'proper' Chekhov.

#207583 Constellations

Posted Polly1 on 22 January 2012 - 01:03 PM

View PostPharaoh, on 22 January 2012 - 12:45 PM, said:

I think they hold back a few for sale in person, but I'm not 100% sure on that.

From the Royal Court website:

A very limited number of tickets for 10 Monday will be available on the day of each perf from 9am online. These have been selling-out within seconds. Due to high demand for Constellations, an additional twenty 10 Monday tickets will be released at 10am for in-person customers at the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square. Customers can book up to 2 tickets each and early queuing is advisable.

I imagine this will transfer now, hopefully so. But - bees, quantum physics? Haven't we been here before (Humble Boy?)