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#286640 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Kathryn2 on 12 December 2013 - 03:21 PM

View PostDuncan, on 12 December 2013 - 01:25 PM, said:

The remoter parts of the auditorium are often occupied by the people who booked last, and these are often infrequent theatregoers or first-timers attracted by a star name.

Or, you know, regular theatregoers who are not so well off, and would rather buy lots of cheaper tickets than just a few expensive ones.

#285354 Henry V

Posted Parsley on 30 November 2013 - 09:33 PM


Left at the interval

Have had more excitement sitting on the toilet

Truly cack handed direction

Cast shouting and rushing their lines

Lack of any sort of modulation and poor casting of roles

Static scene after another

A really and truly disappointing end to a weak season in the WE

I would suggest to Grandage he takes a LONG break from directing anything (particularly Shakespeare) and also to try a different set designer in the future

This project has failed in all the ways that the Donmar WE season triumphed in

Jude Law makes almost no impact in the title role

Spent most of the time I was there thinking how big his bald area is

#283185 Strangers On A Train

Posted Boob on 07 November 2013 - 10:04 AM

View PostPharaoh, on 06 November 2013 - 11:37 PM, said:

I'm hearing v mixed things. Intervals lasting well over 40mins because of technical problems, and the first preview (2nd Nov- last Sat) was cancelled. If you're thinking of going, I'd leave it a few weeks.

Yes, it takes at least 20 minutes to get one cast member's ego off the stage.

#282732 NT 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted Monteverdi on 02 November 2013 - 11:38 PM

Oh well I loved it, and thought it eloquently staged with exquisite lighting and a wonderful lack of bombast. Sublime, made even more sublime by the BBC then going into the deeply unfunny and crass Sarah Milican Show.

#281635 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted mallardo on 23 October 2013 - 01:17 PM

View PostSteve10086, on 23 October 2013 - 01:03 PM, said:

Yeah, I saw a number of people crying at the end, which doesn't imply "apathy"!

Those were the people who paid full price.

#281571 A Midsummer Night's Dream

Posted Carlos on 22 October 2013 - 12:57 PM

Even though I did enjoy some of the productions of this season, I agree that I was a bit underwhelmed as well. My interest these days seem to be shifting from Grandage, and the Donmar for that matter, to the Almeida.

#276532 Disgraceful Customer Service

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 29 August 2013 - 11:23 PM

"ooops sorry didn't realise this was a spelling forum....get a life will you !"

Grammar, not spelling, darling.

#276433 Disgraceful Customer Service

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 28 August 2013 - 11:47 PM

'your the advanced member, it's sad sad people that come on here, I'm merely rippin the pish...here fishy fishy lol'

'You're', darling.

#268935 The Cripple Of Innishmaan

Posted mallardo on 15 June 2013 - 09:15 PM

Speaking as an American I can categorically state that removing shoes and assuming a foetal position in the theatre is NOT a national quirk.  It is a regional one.  No doubt she was from the Midwest.

#263565 Olivier Awards On ITV Late

Posted MrBarnaby on 28 April 2013 - 10:03 PM

I'm just waiting for Kimberley Walsh to come on and murder a showtune.

#260637 A Chorus Line

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 01 April 2013 - 03:44 PM

Saw this on Saturday evening. Very very impressed.

It's a beautiful, poignant and honest piece. To be honest, I wasn't all that familiar with it. I knew a couple of the songs and the basic premise, but that was about it..

It's been very well cast. And what makes it all the more moving is that these are very much individual characters, each with their own life and personality, trying to survive in this tempestuous business, and we get to see that. It takes something to be able to carry off a spoken monologue on the Palladium stage, but Gary Wood pulls it off. As does Victoria Hamilton-Barritt with Nothing. You were drawn into the lyrics.

Scarlett Strallen as good a usual- so disciplined and tight in her dancing. And I can see why Leigh Zimmerman has been nominated; I wanted Sheila to succeed. John Partridge surprised me - I;d only ever seen him in my local panto. The way we suddenly see his human side is v touching indeed.

The choreography is thrilling. And the lighting design is one of the best I've seen. It manages to transform the space instantly, adding depth to the work. The moments of inner thought are afforded a fantasy feel, before suddenly being brought back to the cold exposing light of reality.

#256378 A Chorus Line

Posted west_london on 27 February 2013 - 03:31 PM

View Postlesterf, on 27 February 2013 - 02:42 PM, said:

yes Seriously - have you never heard of show adaptations or rewrites ? It is not a huge change just an improvement in my opinion. It was originally written in 1975 so there is no reason 38 years later why you can not make some small changes .... audience expectations in 2013 are rather different to 1976 and productions have developed a hell of a lot since then.. a small change / changes I have mentioned will not take away anything from the feeling of  the production and might just add in a little more interest..

What you say makes no sense. The whole point of the show is to get the audience to connect with these 'faceless' ensemble members but this would never happen if there were the proverbial falling chandeliers and helicopters taking off to disctract us. When I saw the show last week, the whole audience was drawn in to point that at times you could hear a pin drop in the auditorium. The moment at the end when the lights around the proscenium came on (the simplest stage effect imaginable) produced a gasp and a cheer because it was like a tension had been released.  This is simply one of the most moving and at times devastating musicals in the West End at the moment...and you write it off because it doesn't have a flying car.

If 2013 audiences struggle with A Chorus Line then I think it says more about how lazy and fickle we have all become rather than how dated this show is.