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#300955 A View From The Bridge

Posted Parsley on 16 April 2014 - 09:46 PM

If there was an interval within the first 40 mins

I would have left

There was not

And I stayed

I think it was intentional


During the final 20 mins

My toes were curling in anticipation and dread and excitement and horror
All mixed together

Phoebe Fox is a truly wonderful actress

The whole cast are breathtaking

The staging is inspired and thrilling

I don't really like this play

The plot (in the modern day and to me) feels dated and a bit unbelievable

This production makes the themes universal and removes the setting making everything horribly believable

You ALL must attend sisters

At the end I saw on my ticket the price


I clapped even harder

So blessed we are to be in London and witness this sort of miracle

Makes life worth living and going to the theatre worthwhile

#300509 Olivier Predictions

Posted Parsley on 13 April 2014 - 08:48 PM

View PostPharaoh, on 13 April 2014 - 08:46 PM, said:

I have NO idea why that's returning. It was 1/4 empty when I went. And it wasn't a great production either.

Shall I e mail the YV and ask them?!

#300291 Birdland - Simon Stephens - Andrew Scott

Posted Parsley on 12 April 2014 - 08:44 PM


Pile of rubbish

My least favourite of all the Simon Stephens plays I have seen over the last 10 years or so

I love Andrew Scott as an actor but I fear the plays he chooses/ is chosen to be in are not the best showcase

The proceedings are far too long

Pointless pointless staging and the flooding of the stage was too much for my bladder which was almost brimming over stretched to bursting capacity with the interval-less 2 hours

I also noted that I was following the script

At the RC (and other esteemed theatres where the script is readily and cheaply sold as the programme) if the play is awful then I place my index finger at a random point interleaved in the pages at a place hereafter

Then I surprise myself randomly by seeing if we have reached that point and get bonus points if I have waited and been patient enough to have passed beyond my mark and the end is even closer in sight than I thought

During this time I reminisce longingly about lovely shows I have seen or imagine which latest fashions I will purchase or look about at my fellow theatre goers or fantasise about delicious foods or just imagine what I will report back to my WOS sisters

Sometimes I watch the play

Like if Andrew Scott takes his top off

But it's a BIG boob from me for this

Still Stephens has written some of my favourite modern plays and I know how it goes with him

As a point of interest, do other people follow texts during the play- this is particularly relevant at the RC as every single play on as the text available and I always buy one prior to the play starting

I hope Carrie Cracknell isn't going to start punching above her weight and getting all big headed
She is being given too many things to do too quickly
I loved some of the earlier works she directed
But suddenly it's opera here, play here, there and everywhere
Associate this and that

I know she has worked her way up from The Gate
And again I DO love lots of what she has done
But I fear a Katie Mitchell-esque overexposure
And audience fatigue will set in
At least that director (however divisive her styles) has a strong identity and an impressive back catalogue of all manner of shows to back it up with  
I don't wish to sound mean
But Carrie Cracknell is shaping up to be a much more pallid imitation of KM

Speaking of which (and relevant to this post) dear KM will be doing Simon Stephens "version" of The Cherry Orchard soon enough!!!!

I forgot to mention I was sitting next to a lady of "plus size"
This larger dimensioned personage spilled over into my personal space
And stank of BO
That stale nauseating sort of smell which makes you retch into your own mouth silently
It greatly distracted me from the play

#299584 Royal Shakespeare Company London Productions

Posted Parsley on 07 April 2014 - 12:06 PM


Just go to Stratford upon Avon and see what you like

Much better than waiting for leftovers

#299234 The Scottsboro Boys

Posted Parsley on 03 April 2014 - 09:15 PM


People don't learn their lessons do they

Thick producers time and time again

They should go the whole hog

And transfer into the Palladium when I Can't Sing closes

This will BOMB in the West End

If they had sense

They would bring it back to the Young Vic

Where it would be cheaper to run
Cheaper ticket prices
Avoiding TKTS
And nasty tacky discounts

Instead they are transferring it

After it flopped on Broadway

And bringing back

Happy Days to the YV

It all makes so much sense

#298705 Hamlet With Benedict Cumberbatch

Posted Parsley on 29 March 2014 - 11:37 PM

I would join say April sometime

This will easily cover you for the Hamlet booking

Furthermore the discount is 20% on almost all theatre shows

It's quite a big saving if you are attending even a few shows

Plus you get 10% off in the bars and foodhall

Plus you can see the exhibitions for free

The upcoming Jean paul gaultier will be amazing

So it's quite a good value membership to have

#298659 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted Parsley on 29 March 2014 - 07:35 PM

I also like ALW

Sunset Boulevard

Are all favourites

But I think he has had his day

His recent output feels hopelessly dated and desperate

And I don't think it's the subject matter

Take a musical like Caroline or Change
Scottsboro Boys

Those are hardly thrilling at face value

Yet the shows are way more than the sum of their respective parts

I have nothing against ALW

The premature closure of his last 2 shows in London

And his last 2 on Broadway

Let's recall Woman in white managed 3 months there

Along with the failure of LND to transfer

Is evidence enough

I don't need to criticise him

The general theatre going population at large does that for him
En masse

It's quite a shame given how lowly a level he has plummeted to that he has become synonymous with cheap reality TV instead of a decent musical of late

And to note
I have never seen WWRY
And left mamma mia at the interval

#298301 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Parsley on 27 March 2014 - 02:54 PM

Well goodness

Although I liked it

I am still surprised that the (proper) critics liked it so much

4 stars

3 stars
Evening standard

Whatever else at least this show can hold it's head high and has been validated across the board by the press

Ticket sales can only increase from this

It is greatly helped by the last few "new" musicals which are now all in the process of closing

From here to eternity
Stephen ward

#297595 Other Desert Cities

Posted Parsley on 21 March 2014 - 11:47 PM

Awful play

The worst sort of American rubbish- they are so impressed with mediocre plays

The last 10 minutes are laughable

And the final scene cringe worthy

Cast are totally wasted in this but without the sort of talent they have it would have been unwatchable

Sinead Cusack is outstanding in her role

I have to comment Peter Egan was terrible
Even more evident against the rest of the strong acting
He was wholly unconvincing and should not be given such large roles

In the end the characters are so unlikeable and the family is so pathetic with such contrived dialogue and pitiful cliches

You didn't care about anyone and I really wanted the daughter to just kill herself (which reflects how well Martha Plimpton portrayed her I suppose)

Avoid if possible

Don't know why on earth they will keep bringing below par plays to large venues

#297281 The Full Monty In The West End

Posted Parsley on 19 March 2014 - 05:02 PM

If I lose my job

I don't whinge like a baby on twitter

I use my skills and resources and go and find a new one

Extremely undignified the way they are behaving

#297271 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Parsley on 19 March 2014 - 03:28 PM

Seeing this tonight and then again next weds

I am quivering with excitement

Shall report back ASAP tonight


#297270 The Full Monty In The West End

Posted Parsley on 19 March 2014 - 03:26 PM

God so pathetic

They have a petition for this to try and stay open
Like it's some sort of worthy cause and anyone gives a damn

Simon Baufoy is deluded

If he has a problem then I suggest he puts his  money where his mouth and petition are- he could buy up all the tickets until the end of the run to help it along

If not then we don't need to hear his Lamentations

If it's not making money then there is no reason to keep it going
The show is not touring the provinces now it is in the west end
Times are tough
Life is shit
Shows close all the time

It never fitted into the west end - too tacky by far and not worthy of any sort of campaigning or distress

#296653 Urinetown

Posted Parsley on 14 March 2014 - 04:27 PM

2h 20m

Saw it last week after almost bailing out due to fatigue and malaise

Glad I went

Wonderful cast and staging

Loved it!!

Marc Elliot has a thankless role and not even any proper singing

Well worth a trip

#296652 National Theatre Increases Membership Prices By 25%

Posted Parsley on 14 March 2014 - 04:25 PM

Renewed my membership at the old prices a week before it expired
Feel smug

#296651 Blithe Spirit, Gielgud Theatre

Posted Parsley on 14 March 2014 - 04:23 PM

Barely made it to the interval for this on Wednesday night

Firstly PLENTY of empty seats in all levels

Secondly worst kind of audience


Thirdly Angela Lansbury should not be on stage

She is barely audible, her voice a thin wavering noise

I might be wrong but she sounded miked to me

If this is correct

What's the point?

The Penelope Keith version at the Savoy was far superior

The direction is leaden at best

The projected scene inter titles fall flat

And the ugliest set I have seen for any Coward play

I have seen ovations "just for coming onstage" for:

Julie Walters in acorn antiques
Madonna in up for grabs

And their acting was a damn site better than Angela Lansbury managed

It was embarrassing to sit through