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simon from oxford

Member Since 19 Feb 2007
Offline Last Active Aug 06 2013 04:29 PM

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In Topic: Rickson Mulling Mojo Revival

06 July 2013 - 12:24 AM

Mojo as a play is great - tense, taut and quite thrilling (with the right cast)

The film, I agree, was ropey at best.  But a well-cast revival would be very welcome.

In Topic: 9 To 5 The Musical - West End

06 July 2013 - 12:22 AM

9 to 5 flopped on Broadway - with a decent cast  The tour is woefully undercast and I am surprised that it has done the business it has on the tour.  It has a weak book, a completely forgettable score and a cheap production.  It has only sold on the Dolly brand - and that is not enough to sustain it.

In Topic: Stephen Ward - The Musical

28 June 2013 - 11:19 PM

I do like that theme - and am intrigued by how they will have shaped the story into something theatrical.  However the team behind it is strong and I really hope it works.

In Topic: As You Like It

26 June 2013 - 07:07 PM

The answer to the RSC budget question is pretty clear when you look at their staff listing in each programme.  They maintain many, many departments - meaning the vast majority of work is done in-house.  Very few companies can sustain their own extensive wardrobe, prop, scenery, armoury teams - let alone a nursery team of 20 people.

Their retail team is listed at 21 people - which is really hard to justify for one small shop with a very limited range.

Yes a lot of the people listed in the programmes will be part time and some will be volunteers.

But the reason the RSC spends so much is because it employs so many people.  I would argue that they could slim down the teams and outsource more of the work.  But they probably wouldn't see it like that.

In Topic: Tonights The Night

22 June 2013 - 08:10 PM

One I shall be avoiding when it hits Oxford.

Surely there is better material that producers could choose