Jump to content


Member Since 21 Jan 2008
Offline Last Active Today, 09:43 AM

#301125 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted Kathryn2 on 18 April 2014 - 09:49 AM

I totally agree with that. It actually took me a while to fall, as I saw him or 2 or 3 things before I realised it was the same guy!

I'm rubbish at recognising actors when they're in character, though - I'm forever playing 'what have I seen you in before you look vaguely familiar' in the interval.

#301040 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted Kathryn2 on 17 April 2014 - 05:15 PM

I'm an unashamed Hiddleston fangirl, and I fully expected Kinnear to win. I'm pretty sure Hiddleston expected Kinnear to win too, judging by his reaction.

Hiddleston has plenty of time - he'll definitely be returning to the stage in future. Maybe he'll convince some of you lot who aren't impressed by him in future, or maybe he's just one of those actors you either do or don't respond to.

#300393 National Theatre Lets War Horse Musicians Go

Posted Kathryn2 on 13 April 2014 - 09:50 AM

That's business accounting/budgeting processes for you - they often seem to defy common sense!

#300121 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Kathryn2 on 11 April 2014 - 01:05 PM

Wow. £995, for a show that you could have seen for free on TV?!

Just goes to show, for some things there's no substitute for really being there.

#300037 Time To Support Theatre On Forum!

Posted Kathryn2 on 10 April 2014 - 03:26 PM

Absolutely this forum should be an exchange of views. But it is as tiresome when you genuinely have a positive view of a show to be told that your view is wrong, or lacking, or have it implied that you work for the production or are being paid, as it is to be taken to task for a negative opinion.

Please, folks, accept that other people may react to a show differently than you did. People who enjoyed a show deserve just as much respect for their opinion as the people who didn't.

#300035 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Kathryn2 on 10 April 2014 - 03:19 PM

View PostIcansinguk, on 10 April 2014 - 03:05 PM, said:

Jokes aside, I would'nt pay the top price of £87 to see this or any show....

Indeed. There's very few musicals around that it's necessary to pay top price to see and enjoy, even if you don't get a discounted ticket, but I was under the impression that producers allow for a certain percentage of tickets to be discounted in their business plan anyway, and that 'premium' seats often end up being discounted on the day.

I certainly didn't pay top price for A Chorus Line, the last show I saw at the Palladium. I think the last musical I bought a top-price, full-price ticket for was Matilda, and that was only because I had theatre tokens to spend.

#300032 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Kathryn2 on 10 April 2014 - 03:12 PM

View PostFront Row Dress, on 10 April 2014 - 12:58 PM, said:

err... this Sondheim fan had a ball..

This one too. Although I'm presumably a strange Sondheim fan as I like ALW too.

#299832 Time To Support Theatre On Forum!

Posted Kathryn2 on 09 April 2014 - 08:43 AM

While I like to see a mix of opinions, I have got to agree that sometimes people with negative opinions can go a little over the top in the musicals section - some people really seem to relish the prospect of a show they didn't enjoy closing.

While I don't think it's a tragedy when shows close - turnover is good for the West End - it does mean people losing their jobs, so seeing people crow about it is rather unpleasant.

#298948 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Kathryn2 on 01 April 2014 - 11:14 AM

Oh, of course the twins' song is mimed - that is the gag, after all.

#298691 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Kathryn2 on 29 March 2014 - 11:03 PM

Shall we get back to the musical itself?

Someone a little while ago said the disliked Chenice's final number, Xtasy, and also the Hunchback's rap song. I took the latter to be an Eminem reference and the former to be a take on Beyonce's oeuvre. I am guessing that one of the reasons many musical theatre lovers are not enjoying those two is that they're fundamentally takes on pop songs, not MT songs. Most pop songs are far more bland and repetitive than MT songs, after all, with no real narrative content.

I enjoyed both of them for their refential qualities and how well they are performed, but they certainly pale in comparison compared with most good MT songs.

#298484 Hamlet With Benedict Cumberbatch

Posted Kathryn2 on 28 March 2014 - 06:49 PM

I've just remembered - it was not just Danny Boyle's return to the stage, it was the first thing he did after it was announced he would be doing the Olympic opening ceremony. I know people who were curious to see his work because of that.

I think Frankenstein was a bit of a perfect storm, all told. Then again a Cumberbatch Hamlet has been much-anticipated, with many people saying that it's the one they definitely don't want to miss.

#298288 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Kathryn2 on 27 March 2014 - 02:08 PM

Ah, right, two Mirror reviews!

The one being referred to in this thread earlier was the McPhee one.

#298258 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Kathryn2 on 27 March 2014 - 10:01 AM

You are a bunch of old cynics! I really enjoyed it, and I've noticed that I often agree with the critics more than the regulars here do (e.g. the entire Michael Grandage season) so I was expecting mainly three- and four-star reviews with the odd outlying two-star one.

I have a bunch of friends and colleagues who love the X Factor (and go to the theatre once in a blue moon) who would probably enjoy it more than I did. If the show can reach that audience - who are willing to spend £60 on a night out once a year - then it could well run for a while. It won't challenge the long-runners, but it could have a respectable run.

#297838 Blithe Spirit, Gielgud Theatre

Posted Kathryn2 on 24 March 2014 - 02:38 PM

I think that's fair, actually - if you've lived someonewhere else for so long that most people don't even know that you're British, then you're not realy an 'ambassador for Britian'.

#297593 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Kathryn2 on 21 March 2014 - 11:30 PM

Well, I loved it. Made me laugh out loud - don't think I've laughed that much since The Globe 12th Night. Also now have I can't sing stuck in my head.

But then, I enjoy bonkers. And having read most of this thread, the twist ending didn't take me by surprise.