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#298922 Jeeves & Wooster

Posted Nicholas on 01 April 2014 - 12:46 AM

I saw it a fortnight ago and (is it still the same cast?) it was just 2hrs30.  I’ve got to say, and I say this as a Wodehouse fan, I laughed until I got a sore throat.  It is what it is, which is like one of those lovely radio broadcasts Richard Briers did but on stage as opposed on radio, a play consciously written in the voice of the foppish and devil-may-care Wooster, as the novels are, but performed by the ever-resilient and eternally reliable Jeeves, as the novels are.  Just as Wodehouse’s writing isn’t for everyone nor is this play, but as a farce it worked, for me, for the exact same reasons The 39 Steps worked all those years ago and as light English comedy it worked as Wodehouse does.  Waiting for Godot it ain’t, but Wodehouse himself is no Virginia Woolf in the literary world, so this being nothing more than knockabout humour didn’t matter for a second.  And Robert Webb and Mark Heap have very tough acts to follow, McFadyen being both very versatile as an actor (esp the half-and-half costume, a personal favourite) and very staunch and upright as Jeeves himself (he got the first applause for an entry I’ve heard in a long time, and I actually think that’s for the character of Jeeves rather than the star McFadyen), and Mangan was just a hoot, perfectly foppish and foolish and just constantly hilarious.  Mark Hadfield felt old fashioned vaudeville-y, which was perfect.  So an unreserved thumbs up from me.  I hope you like it!

#260346 The Audience, I Just Booked

Posted blahblah on 29 March 2013 - 03:35 PM

View Postwickedgrin, on 29 March 2013 - 01:55 PM, said:

They are thinking of transferring The Audience to another theatre (the Geilgud has Private Lives booked in) but with another actress playing  HM as Helen Mirren has other commitments. I think the box office bonanza is almost completley due to Mirren reprising her Oscar winning film performance on stage. Could any other actress play it so well and have the same box office potential? Answers and suggestions on a postcard?

Personally i don't think any other actress could pull it off like Helen Mirren, the play is selling out because of her, the same at the Noel Coward with Judi Dench. I think the producers would lose their profits currently being made if it transferred without Helen Mirren - it might do ok, but I don't think it would have the house full board out like they do at every performance now.

#250959 The Audience, I Just Booked

Posted armadillo on 04 January 2013 - 04:24 PM

View PostLynette, on 02 January 2013 - 09:13 PM, said:

bless you cat6, some of us can recall with pain Antony and Cleopatra. Yes, she was ok but the whole thing a dis ..ah..ster..
  She was a disaster when I saw it as her costume literally fell apart...