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.
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...
Hi, I'm in my third year of university and for my dissertation I need to know a few basic facts about theatregoers. If you attend the theatre fairly regularly then could you please carry out my survey? It only takes 2 minutes and I would be incredibly grateful! Thanks!
Someone once said that there are two kinds of actor: Olivier is one, the kind that like to transform themselves into parts, often with facial effects and change in gait,a very physical thing and then the other kind represented by Geilgud who are always themselves, no disguises, same voice but manage to convey the roles.
Then there is Antony Sher who completely transforms himself and is still always himself.