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#252903 Di And Viv And Rose, Hampstead Theatre

Posted AnnieInTheStalls on 27 January 2013 - 12:59 AM

Well Fringefan, I did not cry, though I could see why people would (at Di's speech). And I'm normally the soppiest person in the place.

This was pleasant enough, but I don't see what the fuss is about really. I didn't find it remotely convincing so didn't feel any emotional connection (except a bit with Di). Tamzin Outhwaite was great, and Gina McKee was excellent as the older Viv, but could never convince as a teenager. And when looking to cast the nymphomaniac (for want of better word) Rose, Anna Maxwell-Martin is the last person I'd pick (she was, however, very convincing as a nun in Measure For Measure at the Almeida).

There's a weird scene where they all dance to Prince's Let's Go Crazy which had me squirming with embarrassment, and another scene with much swearing which had me putting my hands over my face to make it go away. I don't normally squirm and hide when watching plays!

I'm being a bit unfair, as it has some lovely funny moments. I overheard a woman telling her companion at the end that it had been a "complete delight from beginning to end". I was disappointed though (and much preferred Port at the National later on).

#231283 London During The Olympics

Posted AnnieInTheStalls on 01 August 2012 - 09:44 AM

I was in London on Sunday and Monday, and I can't remember the city ever being so quiet; also very friendly and non-aggressive. I'd very much recommend coming in for some theatre-going. It might get a bit worse from Friday onwards when the athletics start.

Some random notes....

Walked past the Duke of York at 9 on Monday - queue for Posh returns had about 5 people in it. Aso saw Ralph Fiennes on Old Compton St with a backpack and looking somewhat scruffy.

Tate Modern was really empty. I'd thoroughly recommend the new "Tanks" area - very atmospheric (and free).

Travel to Olympic venues fine, and queues to get in quite acceptable. Long queues for overpriced food. Bring sarnies and empty bottle to fill up from water fountains inside park. Really enjoyed weightlifting, quite enjoyed handball, and was bored by water-polo. All the glamorous sports for me!

#74415 A Doll's House

Posted AnnieInTheStalls on 21 May 2009 - 10:34 AM

The reviews for this seem to be pretty much identical, liking the cast but not the updating of the text. I thought it was better than 3 stars, though. If the reviewers think that updating Ibsen's setting is unnecessary, does that actually matter to the audience, if the updating works (which I think it does)?

Have to agree with the reviewer who said that the joke about Christine (Tara Fitzgerald)'s hips was comically misplaced, though.