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#300785 Old Vic New Season

Posted xanderl on 15 April 2014 - 02:54 PM

Hilarious. Judging by the random Saturday night I chose, this is the least sold out "sold out" production ever.

#299147 A Small Family Business

Posted fringefan on 03 April 2014 - 03:35 AM

Obviously you are entitled to your view, Snicole, but based on the number of Ayckbourn's plays I've seen, and especially the recent touring productions of "Time Of Your Life" (a revival) and "Arrivals And Departures" (new), I don't agree that "He's basically a feature length soap writer."  There has always been real darkness there, for those who saw it and/or if the production brought it out, but that element has increased and become more obvious with time.  It was particularly evident in the two plays above; indeed, the latter reduced me almost to tears towards the end and I don't cry at films or plays.

#297160 Old Vic New Season

Posted popcultureboy on 18 March 2014 - 03:01 PM

Yes, yes we have.

#295161 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted wickedgrin on 05 March 2014 - 09:16 AM

Hysterical overheard conversations between two elderly women at yesterdays Tuesday matinee.

Woman 1 "do you think the ceiling is going to fall in"
Women 2 " it would be more exciting than the show wouldn't it"

Woman 1 "I'm glad Gladys didn't come she would not have liked the swearing"

Woman 1 "There's nothing scandalous about it now is there...."
Woman 2 "Ooooh no, I bet it's all going on today, it's just that we don't know about it, and wont do for another 30 years or whatever, the establishment - they're all still at it"!
Woman 1 "Yes look at that Patrick Rock"
Woman 2 "Who dear?"

Woman 1" Do you think that they (the cast) give their all when they know it's closing in a few weeks?
Woman 2 "Well that Christine Keeler gave it her all (cackles) but I suppose they hope to be picked up for something else - they never know who's watching"

Woman 1 "There are some nice songs aren't there... it's a pity he did not write them for a different show"
Woman 2 " But then it would have been a different show wouldn't it"

#295924 King Lear - Nt

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 09 March 2014 - 08:22 PM

I enjoyed this, thou I think I loved the play and not the production. SRB just SHOUTED the first act, got a lot better in the second. Liked the naked dude a lot

#296623 Blithe Spirit, Gielgud Theatre

Posted alec_e10 on 14 March 2014 - 09:50 AM

7 out of 12  here but I have only ever seen Murder She Wrote in Spanish with Sra Fletcher

#296296 We Rocked You

Posted Jon on 11 March 2014 - 05:16 PM

View PostSnciole, on 11 March 2014 - 04:46 PM, said:

The statue always terrified me. It never looked secure. If the rumours are true I fancy being crushed by a Dolerean even less!

Might not be a Delorean, could be a statue of Marty McFly.

#292777 Walking Out

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 13 February 2014 - 01:10 PM

I often walk out to shows Iv enjoyed the first half of, thus not having to risk soiling the production with a bad second half.

#292631 King Lear - Nt

Posted Abby on 12 February 2014 - 01:51 PM

SRB off? Noooo! I'm due for my second bite at this on Friday evening - he'd better haul himself out of his sick bed by then.

(What a loss to the caring professions I am...)

#291985 King Lear - Nt

Posted Ryan on 07 February 2014 - 01:23 PM

I must admit to finding this oddly hollow.  It should work and should thrill but it just didn't.  There are some good elements, I liked the lighting and the use of the stage and I thought Tom Brooke and Sam Troughton were excellent but I just didn't get swept up in any emotion apart from the one moment where Lear tells the now blinded Gloucester that he remembered him.  I thought SRB did that brilliantly but maybe I'm just SRB'ed out but I thought his Lear was just a combination of his most recent roles in 'Hothouse', 'Timon' and 'Collaborators', there was nothing new.  The award for most irritating performance though has to go to Anna Maxwell Martin which I think was the most disappointing part of the whole evening.  I think she's normally a magnificent actress of great intelligence but I found it to be such a screechy, hysterical performance and SHOUTING every other word for effect did grate after a while.  She looked fabulous though as did Kate Fleetwood.  All in all it was a bit of a disappointment though.

#290694 Amadeus

Posted armadillo on 27 January 2014 - 12:42 PM

Is he INCREDIBLE casting though? He's not been exactly hard to see in the WE over the last few years? Does INCREDIBLE come from a forum member or the theatre PR anywhere. If a forum member, it could be the last person to play Javert or the third swing from Mamma Mia...

#278643 Fatal Attraction To The Haymarket?

Posted Epicoene on 20 September 2013 - 09:52 AM

Trevor Nunn will direct any old rubbish these days won't he ?

#286801 From Morning To Midnight @ National

Posted armadillo on 14 December 2013 - 03:03 PM

View Postmallardo, on 14 December 2013 - 12:47 PM, said:

Simulated nudity.

Is there a more disappointing phrase in a theatre review?

#285698 'The Musicals' - New Channel 4 Documentary

Posted BurlyBeaR on 04 December 2013 - 01:18 PM

He reminded me of Andrew Stone from Pineapple :0/

#285867 A Small Family Business - NT

Posted mallardo on 05 December 2013 - 12:46 PM

View PostSnciole, on 05 December 2013 - 12:31 PM, said:

Kara Tointon in the cast again, surely?

Saying that I liked her in the one at Harold Pinter Theatre with Reece Shearsmith (I can't remember the name of it though)

Absent Friends.  I liked it too.