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#284166 Sweeney Todd - Wyp & Royal Exchange

Posted spendleb on 18 November 2013 - 02:06 PM

I've seen both productions now, at the WYP and also the Royal Exchange and I have to admit I think I prefer the latter, both uniformly brilliant but it felt more intimate in Manchester, almost being able to reach out and touch the performers and the staging was very clever.

#284026 Rickson Mulling Mojo Revival

Posted steveatplays on 16 November 2013 - 07:14 PM

The cast got a standing ovation today, and seemed very happy, thanking the audience. And the cast are the best thing about the play, which seemed dated to me even in 1995, aping as it did Tarantino's 1992 film, Reservoir Dogs, with its cocktail of relentless comic conversation, underpinned by a festering violence, always on the verge of erupting. And there is so much less to identify with here, than in Tarantino's film, where the police informant anchors it with both heart and a ticking time bomb dramatic device. Nobody here is likeable, except perhaps the wasters played by Mays and Grint, and that relatability almost certainly comes from the actors, rather than the script. Mays and Grint both have comic timing, the former even more so than the latter, though both are good. Butterworth's wonderful facility with dialogue at least makes up to some degree for the thin plotting, a facility that really came into it's own with Jerusalem, in a play that says so much, where this one says so little. What ultimately makes this production so worthwhile is Whishaw, cast against type as a violent psychopath, who reacts to anti-Semitic racist taunts, and embodies his abusive childhood to such a powerful degree, that his character ends up being the beating heart of the whole play, the only villain of the piece whose tortured soul motivates his every action. It is a wonderful performance, and if he was out-acted by a whisker by Judi Dench in the recent Grandage, here he is the reason to book a ticket. 4 stars. :)

#283834 Rickson Mulling Mojo Revival

Posted craftymiss on 14 November 2013 - 09:41 AM

Does Quentin Letts actually like anything?

#283826 Rickson Mulling Mojo Revival

Posted xanderl on 14 November 2013 - 07:00 AM

Rave reviews for the play and the entire cast from

Charles Spencer in the Telegraph

and Billers in the Guardian

#283698 Wos Awards 2014

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 13 November 2013 - 01:03 PM

Ridiculous pricing. Mind you last year's awards concert - was an unprofessional mess (well it came across as such on the live stream), so I had no intention of going this year anyway.

#283663 Blithe Spirit, Gielgud Theatre

Posted paultheatre on 13 November 2013 - 01:04 AM

As previously hoped for, Broadway production transfer with Angela Lansbury.

Opening 28th February.

Great supporting cast lined up.

#283616 The Lord Of The Rings: The Musical - World Tour 2015

Posted Horton on 12 November 2013 - 05:31 PM

There was so much to love in the original but it was poorly edited.  They should either have turned it into a Nickleby-sized 2 night event, or trimmed it down but cutting one of the interminable battles.

Some parts of the score were utterly ravishing and Lothlorien was one of the most beautiful things I've seen in 35 years of theatre-going.

Some recent shows have been 50% there; LOTR was at least 80% a great show.

#283600 The Lord Of The Rings: The Musical - World Tour 2015

Posted Titan on 12 November 2013 - 12:58 PM

Whilst stevepearman was out of order, I understand his frustration,  constant negativity is exhausting.  Especially when one negative comment has been made on a show, follow up ones (like in fhte thread) come across as rude and snarky

#283040 Rickson Mulling Mojo Revival

Posted Priscilla's heel on 05 November 2013 - 01:12 PM

I saw this on the weekend and overall was very impressed! The whole cast were great but the definite stand out performances were Ben Whishaw, who just draws you in whenever he is on stage (I didn't know he could sing so well either) and Daniel Mays, they both deserve to be mentioned when theatre awards come round. I was quite impressed by Colin Morgan as well and was surprised at how funny the play was (I went in not fully knowing what to expect). I hope an extension is announced!

#282850 Rickson Mulling Mojo Revival

Posted Poly on 03 November 2013 - 04:54 PM

Mojo is a young playwright's play, full of chutzpah and energy and a dazzling quality. In that sense, it reminds me of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and not just because Potts and Sweets remind me of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

And it's a thrilling ride, and all these things go a long way. Plus it's perfectly cast in this production so yes I loved it quite a bit.

#282606 Rickson Mulling Mojo Revival

Posted Theatrebunny on 01 November 2013 - 07:05 PM

kiss my pegs

#282581 Rickson Mulling Mojo Revival

Posted craftymiss on 01 November 2013 - 12:53 PM

I was there last night too Steffi, I've just rebooked for Dec as I have a snaeking suspicion that after Press Night the tickets will sell out.  As ever Wishaw was captivating but for me Daniel Mays was just brilliant, really brilliant.  Grint held his own but it's hard cast against such a fab cast, but for a West End debut he put in a stirling performance.  I dont know where you sat but behind me in the stalls when the lights went back on & Mays & Grint were sat at the table, someone behind me said (quite loudly) "ooo it's Ron Weasley", I did turn around!

#282311 Guys And Dolls - Chichester

Posted Titan on 30 October 2013 - 05:52 AM

Ewan Mcgregor was not useless!! Seriously! You may not have liked his performance but to say he was useless is stupid

#282245 Love Story The Musical - Brockley Jack

Posted mrslovett on 29 October 2013 - 10:43 AM

I saw the show on Saturday night and loved it.  It is such a different interpretation of the show that even if you adore the original as I also did, it is well worth a visit.  The cast is strong, singing exquisite and use of the space and minimal set fascinating.

#281884 The Book Of Mormon

Posted JD094 on 25 October 2013 - 03:52 PM

Maybe Gavin will sign on for six months more allowing Mark to start mid-summer? Just a thought. I can't see Mark not playing Price in the West End over the next couple of years.