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#282993 Rickson Mulling Mojo Revival

Posted yallerybrown on 04 November 2013 - 10:05 PM

Saw this on Saturday - so still in previews - like most people on here i nabbed a good priced preview ticket.  shame there aren't many left!  but i would recommend booking now because i think this is going to be very popular.

as everyone has pretty much mentioned the performances are, well, breath-taking.  literally had to pinch myself watching ben whishaw who plays a character unlike anything ive ever seen him do.  daniel mays is exceptional too.  colin morgan is also subtly brilliant with a strong performance from rupert grint.  i definitely dont envy the guy who has to hang upside down!!

another great set design from ultz (who has previously worked with rickson on jerusalsem and the river).

i'd argue the plot is electrifying for most of the time.  the balance between humour and darkness is unnerving.  overall a brilliant revival.  it's just one of those productions you just have to marvel at the talent onstage.

#279234 The Light Princess

Posted yallerybrown on 28 September 2013 - 01:28 PM

I’m not going to lie.   I have been looking forward to this for some time and therefore my expectations were pretty high.  I was ready to adjust them due to preview teething problems but what I saw last night needed a lot more care and attention than what a few weeks of previews can provide.

We begin, rather traditionally, with two story-tellers who provide a long and quite boring account of the two kingdoms, using projected illustrations that are no different (possibly less impressive) than those in Matilda and Charlie.  This seems like it lasts for 10 minutes.  

When this opening finally ends we are thrown into the workings of the two contrasting kingdoms.  With choreography for the sake of choreography, the ensemble sing to set up the different lands rather amusingly.  This is where we find the characteristics of Lagobel and Sealand - the opposing kingdoms.  Lagobel’s society is a curious mix of people dressed as oil barrens and ali babas (and a random cave woman), ruled by King Darius (played by Clive Rowe, who should not be allowed to sing).  He has locked Althea, his daughter, in the tower where she floats (not flies) around.  The way Althea floats is pretty impressive (but again nothing new a la the oopma loompas in Charlie and the metro ghost in Ghost).  What is more interesting is the fact that these 3 or 4 people who make Althea float are not hidden so you can see the beauty of the way they move her around the stage; this is actually wonderfully choreographed.  Particularly enjoyed the way Althea effortlessly moved on one woman’s feet - this was utterly brilliant and, at the same time, terrifying to think how little support Althea had.  Rosalie Craig as Althea is very good indeed.  Her whole performance is ‘floaty’ - her singing is soothing and calming.  It’s just a shame that there isn’t much variation in the songs.  They all sound the same - none memorable.  I think the music needs more balls. The orchestrations are plain and, yes, the strings and wind are nice but where was the fire??  A drum would have been a nice change to airy-fairy tunes which we tired of quickly.  

So the kingdom of Sealand - ruled by King Ignacio (who looks remarkably like Hugh Jackman) - is militaristic, cold and hard.  Ignacio’s son is, yep you guessed it, looking for a wife.  And so when they both wonder into the wilderness between the two kingdoms they, in typical fairytale fashion, fall immediately in love.  Their love flourishes in the lake because Althea regains her gravity here.  The lighting of the lake is great and the stagecraft in creating the illusion of the lake before the interval is striking. And finally we have found the much needed magic which the audience craves for throughout the first half.  

A problem with the story telling is that there very little emotional engagement with the characters.  You don’t feel empathy for Althea and nor do you quite understand why she is trapped and why her father dislikes her so much.  It’s not until we see the unforgivable act her father has done to keep her feet on the ground, that we feel any emotional attachment.  That part of the show is heart-wrenching.  For a musical based on a Victorian fairy-tale I was surprised there wasn’t more of these moments which gripped the audience.  Those moment which made the hairs on the back of your neck prick up.

Marianne Elliott’s excellent previous productions are stunning.  However, I didn’t feel this was anything special.  The story-telling of War Horse and Curious are unparallel but here there is no journey for the audience.  The music doesn’t help because there is very little variation.  It was third preview but the problems I have with it are bigger than preview problems.  It’s a shame because obviously a lot of money has gone into this production - I just can’t see the justification for it.  

#275905 Chimerica - Almeida & Harold Pinter

Posted yallerybrown on 22 August 2013 - 01:04 PM

View PostAlf, on 21 August 2013 - 05:02 PM, said:

Tonight's performance is cancelled due to a "mechanical failure". Hope it's fixed by tomorrow!

Got day seats yesterday but was told the show was cancelled due to technical difficulties so they changed my tickets to tonight.  I’ve just called to double check and they say it’s all back up and running. Can’t wait!

#262237 Ghost On Tour 2013 Thread

Posted yallerybrown on 16 April 2013 - 09:01 PM

View PostJess173, on 13 April 2013 - 11:10 PM, said:

Thank you danieldabell, that's awesome! I'm very happy they have the new subway scene as well. The switch between side and rear view was stunning!  

Very much looking forward to seeing the tour now! :)

i'd see the rear view of stewart clarke any day! tee hee xo