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#291698 Olivier Panel

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 04 February 2014 - 06:33 PM

View Posthotshot, on 04 February 2014 - 06:01 PM, said:

Thanks Lynette and DrP! Were the interviews to drill you on your knowledge of theatre or was it more a meet and greet? haha don't think i'll pass a detailed exam on the history of musical theatre as an example! :)

They use the appendix of The National Theatre Story by Daniel Rosenthal and ask you to name the director and designer, as well as number of performances and exact dates of 4 randomly chosen productions from the past 50 years. Get them wrong and you're out.

#291408 St James - new theatre at Victoria

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 01 February 2014 - 08:06 PM

View PostReich, on 01 February 2014 - 06:58 PM, said:

Luck was on my side as we got a free two course meal out of it

Better than what I received from them. When I emailed them to complain about something, they opened their reply with:

"I wish I had that much time in my day to spend in writing such emails."

#291089 Blurred Lines

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 30 January 2014 - 12:07 AM

View Poststeveatplays, on 29 January 2014 - 07:19 PM, said:

The 8 actors in this are all women, and when they appeared together on the giant staircase that is the set for this production, what most struck me, aside from the fact that they are excellent actors, is that 4 of them are Mike Leigh alumni: Marion Bailey who tried to cheer up the miserable Lesley Manville in Grief, Sinead Matthews who tried to cheer up the miserable Sian Brooke in Ecstasy, Claire Skinner who tossed miserable David Thewlis out of her flat in Naked and the woman cruelly branded "character face" in this production, Ruth Sheen.

And who was there the night I saw it?

Mike Leigh

#290823 Coriolanus

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 28 January 2014 - 01:54 PM

I've not dayseated this, but I've walked past the Donmar enough times during the run (even at 7am, en route to another dayseat queue!) to say that 7am is definitely too late. If I were you, I would go to the box office later in the day and try and nab a return. It may involve sitting in a queue for a while (warm, though, since it's in the adjacent shopping centre) but it's your best bet - you may even end up with a seat, rather than standing spot - and if you aren't lucky, there are lots of theatres nearby (some with 8pm start times) which you can run over to so that your trip is not entirely wasted. Good luck :)

#290551 Rickson Mulling Mojo Revival

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 25 January 2014 - 08:37 PM

Rickson was sat in front of me at the last night of Protest Song, starring "that man from the National".

Your story, Latecomer, reminds me of when I was at Arturo Ui and sat next to me was Dame Eileen Atkins. We had the most wonderful conversation during the interval, discussing Brecht, new writing and theatre criticism. I felt very lucky!

#288626 Coriolanus

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 06 January 2014 - 08:51 PM

Peggs, go one better and offer champagne.... ;)

#288412 In The Next Room Or The Vibrator Play - St James

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 04 January 2014 - 12:45 PM

Thanks for the info re This May Hurt a Bit. I grabbed one of the £5 tix as soon as they were announced, but good to know the cast. I knew about Frances Ashman - who is excellent - but Stephanie Cole is making me look forward to this even more!

#288410 Fault Lines

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 04 January 2014 - 12:42 PM

View PostLatecomer, on 04 January 2014 - 12:30 PM, said:

Have a agree with other posters...great dialogue, first half stronger than second, 4 great performances but Alex Lawther and


#288397 Jumpers For Goalposts

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 04 January 2014 - 10:45 AM

I know of people who saw it in Watford, loved it, and have since seen it again at the Bush and loved it even more. I don't believe the play itself has undergone any major changes (indeed the playtext/programme they sell at the Bush is the same as the one on offer in Watford). But what I've been told is the intimacy of the Bush really helps it. I can't imagine seeing it in the Watford Palace. It's a small play, and it needs a space to mirror that.

#287759 My Favourite Things In 2013

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 27 December 2013 - 09:49 AM

You're so right, Latecomer; the 'circumstances' in which you view the play are a huge contributor to how much you enjoy it.

One of the reasons I loved The Winslow Boy so much was because I was sat in the middle of a school party (imagine my thoughts when they sat either side of me....) but they were so transfixed and moved by the play - kids who'd never been exposed to Terence Rattigan before - that it was just wonderful to watch.

And the food beforehand is a big factor too! The Bush's mezze platter was perfect on that boiling summer's evening before Josephine and I.

But sometimes no matter how good the company and meal, it can't improve a dud.... The Cripple of Innishmaan...

#287739 My Favourite Things In 2013

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 26 December 2013 - 03:17 PM

I've seen more than ever this year; 146 trips to the theatre, only a couple of repeat viewings.

My show of the year was The Audience, with runners-up including (in no particular order) Once, A Human Being Died That Night, The Herd, The Pajama Game, Di and Viv and Rose, The Winslow Boy, Othello and Eat Pray Laugh!

And of course 50 Years On Stage was the most extraordinary night, but as you say Nicholas, it doesn't feel right to count it.

But this year has thrown up lots of delights - Circle Mirror Transformation, London Wall, the trio of plays about modern China, The Night Alive, Handbagged, Josephine and I, A Chorus Line - and more than its share of duds - Strangers on a Train, The Duck House, Great Expectations, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas and Barnum, to name a few.

I've written more on my blog, on which I hope to post more regularly next year, so please do take a look: http://gapyeartheatr...in-theatre.html

This board is one of the reasons why I love theatregoing. Even if you go and see something on your own (which I more than often do), this is a place where you can still discuss productions with like-minded people, even if our opinions differ (sometimes drastically!). And it's also a place to find out about shows which don't receive major national press coverage, such as London Wall, a little gem at the Finborough which then had a three week run at the St James, which I wouldn't have gone to if it weren't for Mallardo's original comment on here. So thank you. And it's been lovely getting to know a few of you in person, too.

Happy New Year, and here's to a great 2014 of theatre!

#287226 Barnum?

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 19 December 2013 - 03:49 PM

View Postjamescrispy94, on 19 December 2013 - 03:21 PM, said:

Someone tell me though, why is this production "record-breaking"?

Longest ever run in Chichester's Theatre in the Park. Highest grossing musical in Chichester's Theatre in the Park.

#286984 The Pajama Game

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 16 December 2013 - 03:00 PM

Great news. I'll be there again. In the top three things I've seen this year.

#286154 Coriolanus

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 08 December 2013 - 12:47 AM

Even very good performances from Deborah Findlay, Hadley Fraser and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen can't save this mess of a production. It looks ugly, and Josie Rourke has too much random stuff going on without any coherency. The cast, for a lot of the time, sit up stage on a row of chairs, getting up whenever they're in a scene. And occasionally they all move downstage and just stare at the audience. It's silly, as is the weird choreography also involving chairs. After Berenice, I'm starting to think Rourke has a chair fetish. There's also some business involving paint to draw on the floors and walls (something which she did in The Physicists), and there's a lot of random falling material- red confetti, soil, water etc. It makes little sense, and slows the action down as it needs to be constantly cleared up.

Tom Hiddleston does a decent enough job, though he's not helped by his over-excited occasionally squealing fangirls, some of whom have queued over night twice already to catch the first 2 previews. And Elliot Levey seems to be playing Michael Sheen playing Tony Blair.

My mind drifted a lot and I longed to escape. As expected, it received a semi standing ovation at the end, but if Mr Hiddleston (and therefore an audience full of his adoring girls) weren't in it, I'm not sure if it would've got the same reception.....

No doubt the press will love it, as they seem to have done with Henry V. I saw that this afternoon and that was also a major let down.

#285375 The Light Princess

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 01 December 2013 - 09:33 AM

View PostKathryn2, on 01 December 2013 - 09:32 AM, said:

We loved it! In fact we've decided that we want to see it again.

That's what I've done- booked again for the end of January. Funny how this show is dividing opinions so much.