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vickster51

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#299248 Birdland - Simon Stephens - Andrew Scott

Posted vickster51 on 03 April 2014 - 10:02 PM

Well I thought that was excellent and only the first preview too so no doubt it'll get even better. It took me about 10 minutes to settle in to it but after that the time flew by. Andrew Scott really can act anything can't he. I always find him mesmerising on stage and tonight was no different. 2 hours with no interval and he is the centre of every moment, displaying emotions from slightly crazed, possibly dangerous, to frightened little child. He's funny, cruel, playful, dark, emotional and emotionless and so much more.

The rest of the supporting cast are all very very good, skilfully moving from one character to the next and the set if very interesting. I won't give part of it away but it feeds into the spiralling life of the character of Paul perfectly.

It's always thrilling to see a new play for the first time and feel the excitement that something is already wonderful and s only going to get better. Now I just need to restrain myself from writing a review until I go again (writing one after 1 show seems wrong no matter how much I enjoyed it)!


#299008 Birdland - Simon Stephens - Andrew Scott

Posted vickster51 on 01 April 2014 - 10:18 PM

1st preview is Thursday, which will be my first trip to see it.


#298981 #wos100 What Is Your Favourite Show Of All Time?

Posted vickster51 on 01 April 2014 - 05:52 PM

Hang on is it favourite production or show, as my favourite production and play are not the same? Tweet said production.


#298031 A Streetcar Named Desire

Posted vickster51 on 25 March 2014 - 10:33 PM

This has been the worst ticket experience I've had in a while. Given up.


#297516 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted vickster51 on 21 March 2014 - 09:37 AM

View PostEmiCardiff, on 18 March 2014 - 09:32 AM, said:

I think in this thread it's also a lot about scoping out which theatre people are seeing which shows, as we don't restrict our "stalking" to actors but to playwrights, directors, Artistic Directors etc. Personally I think it's interesting if say Josie Rourke was spotted at a new playwright's work in a fringe theatre, or if big film directors are spotted watching a particular actor they're later revealed to be working with etc.

That and it's just fun! We all like to gossip (otherwise we wouldn't be on these boards) often some of theatre actors we spot out and about would be met with a resounding 'who?' from our everyday friends.

Also someone's got to keep tabs on Alan Rickman....

I agree. I find it interesting to hear who has seen what, whether they are an actor, director or playwright etc. Plus everyone on here has the common sense not to post at say the interval so the people spotted are not at risk of being bothered by people being alerted to them being there. I am always fascinated to see what people in the Arts choose to see in their own time. Latest spot for me was Dervla Kirwan at yesterday's matinee of Ghosts.


#288828 Coriolanus

Posted vickster51 on 08 January 2014 - 12:31 PM

View PostKathryn2, on 08 January 2014 - 10:58 AM, said:


And again, as a 'fangirl' myself, being one does not mean that you are not also a Shakespeare nerd and a regular theatre-goer!

I was watching a fan Q&A session with Hiddleston just after San Diego Comic Con on Youtube just last night, and the very first question asked was 'what's your favourite Shakespeare play?'!

Very true indeed. Being a fan of David Tennant drew me back to Shakespeare and has resulted in 5+ years of glorious theatre for me! We did chat on twitter and it was indeed localised behind me. I tend to hate any distraction at the theatre (rustling and bangles are also high on my list) and so the whispering did get very annoying, especially as I don't know this play at all and was trying to get an understanding of it.

What was his favourite Shakespeare by the way?!


#288693 Richard 2Nd - With David Tennant

Posted vickster51 on 07 January 2014 - 12:26 PM

I've seen this production a few times in both SuA and London and the reaction to the sit upon the ground speech has varied - some with laughter (although not hooting laughter) and some silent. I've never found it funny and find the whole speech quite moving but I see why some people may see it differently. I too don't think David Tennant is playing it for laughs. It is clear when he is in other parts "Let's go visit him" and "Say that again" for example.

Interestingly at a supporter's dinner in SuA I had the pleasure of sitting next to Keith Osborn and he said how the cast find it interesting to see the audience reacting to that moment and said that he saw it as certain audience members realising it's one of the key speeches and that it's being done possibly a little differently to how they are used to and they laugh in realisation of that. Who knows?

Also regarding Aumerle, at the talk back in SuA I think it was Oliver Ford Davies (who studied the play at university) who said that there are arguments that in Shakespeare's time it may not have gone down well if someone in a position such a Aumerle's, now that he is Rutland, was seen to muder a King and therefore to avoid further trouble with a play that already was seen a quite dangerous for the time, the fictional Exton (Greg has said there is certainly no historical record of any such person) was created to commit the crime. We'll never know but I certainly see, particularly in the production and with such a strong performance by the superb Oliver Rix, how it makes sense that Aumerle does it. He is the character I have the most sympathy for and where he ends up seems tragically unavoidable.


#283548 Programmes And Brochures For Sale!

Posted vickster51 on 11 November 2013 - 09:05 PM

yes please!


#283496 Wos Awards 2014

Posted vickster51 on 11 November 2013 - 02:08 PM

Still mulling over my nominations. John Heffernen definitely gets my vote after Hothouse and Edward II but these awards always seem to favour those with a big fanbase. I at least have something to vote for in the solo category this year - Andrew Scott's Seawall from The Shed, which I thought was incredible.

I'm interested to hear who other people are voting for.


#282159 Richard 2Nd - With David Tennant

Posted vickster51 on 28 October 2013 - 01:18 PM

I'm off to the public understudy performance tomorrow. Very much looking forward to seeing Oliver Rix become Richard for the afternoon!


#281492 The El. Train

Posted vickster51 on 21 October 2013 - 04:30 PM

View PostPharaoh, on 21 October 2013 - 02:50 PM, said:

Oh for goodness sake- it's changed yet again. I see exactly what you mean Latecomer, and it make perfect sense. But when I last looked, the actual 'start' times weren't listed: just 02.00 and 23.00 etc. That said, my performance is no longer listed.....

Me too! Now that makes sense to me! I thought I must have sounded really stupid before.


#281481 Queen At National Theatre

Posted vickster51 on 21 October 2013 - 02:21 PM

Oooh exciting! They also mentioned at one of the Platforms that "Ralph's Rocket" may return for one day only on 22nd. I wonder if that's still happening?


#281455 The Full Monty

Posted vickster51 on 21 October 2013 - 10:50 AM

Thrilled that Sheffield Theatres did so well. I didn't see This Is My Family but I did see Bull and The Full Monty, both of which I thought were excellent. I'll definitely go to see The Full Monty again when it arrives in London.


#278678 Hamlet With Benedict Cumberbatch

Posted vickster51 on 20 September 2013 - 02:23 PM

I loved MIF's Macbeth this year so I agree site specific would be wonderful, but I assume they'll go for a large commercial west end theatre in order to sell the huge amount of tickets that will be snapped up for this.


#257552 The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Posted vickster51 on 06 March 2013 - 11:32 PM

View Postcanadian_turtle, on 06 March 2013 - 10:28 AM, said:

Has anyone seen the new production yet? If so, what are the chages like? They sound really cool, but I'd love to hear what people think after actually seeing them implemented.

Also, any info on the day seats? (good/bad view, long/short queue in the morming, etc). Thanks :)

I'm just home from seeing this wonderful production again. I'm sure the other actor performing on Mondays and Tuesdays is good but I would still say if you are only going to go once, then go and see Luke Treadaway. He really is superb in this role. I found the play just as emotional and moving as at the National.

There are some tweaks. I don't want to spoil anything but I will say that the walls are used in this instead of the floor for certain things and there are projections on the walls as well as the floor which mean that even from the front row you don't miss anything significant. There are some new quirks too which I very much enjoyed, making the transition to the new space work very well.

I benefitted from my friend queuing for day seats this morning, which are the front row for £12. I'd say this is well worth it for a second visit, as although the stage is high, you don't miss out on anything and it's wonderful to be so close to such brilliant performances. I'll definitely try and day seat again for this, as I have a friend who would love it.