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PaulT

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#267013 Once London

Posted BGLowe on 30 May 2013 - 12:23 PM

Caught the evening show of 'Once' last night. Turned up at the box office about 11.30 and got Q20/21 for £19.50. Absolute bargain! Unfortunately, we had a rather tall/broad man in front of us with the biggest hair I had ever seen, so we moved forward. However, there were rows mid stalls with barely anybody on so nobody noticed. I'd recommend anyone who wants to see it to snap those seats up and move forward.

So, onto the show. I saw Mormon within it's first few weeks of opening and loved it, thought it was practically the second coming. This completely blew it out of the water. I didn't expect anything to be so magically beautiful, touching, heart breaking and funny at the same time. Loved the on stage bar, the pre-show show and how it seamlessly moves into the show so that it feels like you there in an irish pub. The two leads were outstanding (never mind the fact they are both stunning) and I really hope they are considered for awards next year. I cried my eyes out throughout the second act and at the end! There are no words really to describe its sheer beauty, it's just faultless.

That being said, my mum wasn't as keen as me. Her main gripe was a lack of plot, but I thought it was fine. I think part of it was the fact she had a very obscured view. She rated it 8/10 still, I just think the magic was slightly lost on her. Afterwards we spotted the little girl who was on last night who was telling her mum "it's a night I'll never forget." What an absolute sweetheart, made a beeline to tell her she was fabulous.

Truly a hidden gem of the west end. I will tell everyone I know to see it, and would return in a heartbeat.


#265610 Cocktail Sticks/hymn, West End Transfer

Posted popcultureboy on 16 May 2013 - 06:49 AM

I think it would have been a better idea to expand Cocktail Sticks into a fuller play and ditch Hymn for the transfer, personally.


#267617 The Audience, I Just Booked

Posted Mark_21 on 04 June 2013 - 12:38 PM

Saw this last night after my partner day seated (Got there at 6am and was 2nd in line with all the other day seat places filled by 6:45am). What an absolute bargain for a tender for a front row seat. I thought the actual play itself was outstanding, some fantastic moments and changes that I imagine have been put in since opening which really brought it up to date. In terms of performances, what can I say? Helen was truly remarkable and worthy of all her praise and awards for this show. The supporting cast including all 12 PMs, you couldn't have asked for better. I urge everyone to try and cast this!


#266341 To Kill A Mocking Bird

Posted Alexandra on 23 May 2013 - 02:06 PM

Great reviews for this today. The point about the reading from books is I think to reinforce that it's an absolute classic of a story which pretty much everyone knows, and the fact that most of the cast slip in and out of narration and character chimes with it being such a familiar story that we all feel we own it. Worked for me.


#255294 Salad Days

Posted Schuttep on 19 February 2013 - 10:07 AM

I've seen this show 3 times already; the last was this production at the Riverside 2 years ago.

We're taking friends to see it on 24 Feb. It is utterly charming; as has been said, the audience must suspend beilef for a couple of hours. Do that, and a magical time will be had by all.

Highly recommended (and I am a theatregoer pure and simple - I have nothing to do with the production, in case you ask).