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#300296 The Pajama Game

Posted Mack Sennett on 12 April 2014 - 09:03 PM

I really hope this does well, it was so good at the Minerva last year.

#300209 King Charles Iii

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 12 April 2014 - 09:03 AM

Dude, totes go for the 9 restricted coz they b pukka pie! With the change u can buy a programme, a cup if coffee and another left over to chuck a couple of quid in Susan Tully's direction! Bonza!

#299234 The Scottsboro Boys

Posted Parsley on 03 April 2014 - 09:15 PM


People don't learn their lessons do they

Thick producers time and time again

They should go the whole hog

And transfer into the Palladium when I Can't Sing closes

This will BOMB in the West End

If they had sense

They would bring it back to the Young Vic

Where it would be cheaper to run
Cheaper ticket prices
Avoiding TKTS
And nasty tacky discounts

Instead they are transferring it

After it flopped on Broadway

And bringing back

Happy Days to the YV

It all makes so much sense

#298656 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted ptwest on 29 March 2014 - 07:30 PM

I could suggest that trying to disprove one persons opinion and prejudices simply by writing a long post full of your own opinions and prejudices  isn't the best way to construct an argument. I have enjoyed ALW shows AND jukebox shows like Mamma Mia. Not sure if that makes me intelligent or not.

#298249 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted wickedgrin on 27 March 2014 - 09:48 AM

So early to be drinking! LOL

#297896 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 24 March 2014 - 11:37 PM

OMG - were u that really annoying 19 yr old girl in H39?

#297326 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted MrBarnaby on 20 March 2014 - 01:14 AM

Yes! I remember watching that open mouthed with disbelief.. And then looking round and everyone in the stalls was doing the same thing.

Ahh the golden years.

#295477 The Mistress Contract

Posted xanderl on 06 March 2014 - 11:03 PM

Play the Mistress Contract drinking game

Get a load of drinks in, drink one for every 10 minutes Mrs Lovett manages to stay in the auditorium, he has to drink the rest once he emerges. If he doesn't manage it all Saskia and Danny will down them in one post-show.

#294715 The Full Monty In The West End

Posted Jamiem on 28 February 2014 - 09:09 PM

View Postpopcultureboy, on 26 February 2014 - 09:39 AM, said:

If I had to guess, I'd say Jamiem was involved with the show in some kind of marketing capacity.

No, I'm the producer

#293711 Fortune's Fool- Old Vic

Posted Your Friendly Osteopath on 21 February 2014 - 02:07 PM

My heart sank when I learned that Iain Glen had withdrawn and been replaced by William Houston (an actor I have seen frequently and who I'm really not keen on).  However, as everyone who's commented on this topic knows, he is no longer in the production either.  Which, in many ways, was a relief, when I saw it last week!  But the problem is that the production needs someone with presence playing that role, or the whole evening becomes all about Richard McCabe who was terrific, of course... but there was definitely something of a vacuum where Iain Glen should have been.

#293778 King Lear - Nt

Posted mallardo on 22 February 2014 - 07:47 AM

In a programme interview Sam Mendes tells us there is a danger in playing Lear as a "foolish fond old man" in Act 1, Scene 1.  Mendes himself has opted for a more political take.  To present Lear as an aging dictator running a militarist state where cold empty pageantry rules.  So Lear's "foolish, fond" act of rewarding his daughters with an early inheritance in return for a little show of love becomes, instead, a staged ceremony that has little to do with his family and all to do with his public image.  

In the circumstances, the hypocrisy of Regan and Goneril is entirely appropriate.  They understand that real feelings are not on the table - it's about making daddy look good. And Cordelia's refusal to play along looks simply petulant and inappropriate. Kent's banishment also seems justified.  If he has a problem with the King, don't take it up HERE, in front of all these people!  

Thus, this producton of Lear gets off to a strangely skewed start from which it never recovers.  We just don't care about him.  He has shown us what he is and what happens to him seems pretty much earned. It's not helped by a performance from SRB that is technically accomplished but hollow at the centre and uninvolving.  We never quite get what Kent and Gloucester and the Fool see in him to provoke such loyalty.  Regan and Goneril see him a lot more clearly.  

His scenes of madness and woe are acting set pieces, not gut-wrenching revelations, and when this is the case the play becomes a sprawling, untidy, lurid, not-very-convincing melodrama that, at three and a half hours, long outstays its welcome.

The rest of the cast is mostly fine except for Anna Maxwell Martin whose manic screeching - was she really directed to play Regan this way? - renders most of what she has to say unintelligible. It's a problem because Regan has a lot of information to impart hence much of the plot falls by the wayside.

The production itself is impressive but the updating provides no benefits.  Several times the contemporary spin on the action took me right out of the play - the waterboarding of Gloucester being the most egregious example.

When Lear brings on the body of Cordelia at the end we should all feel his agony and despair.  Not here.  No tears here.  At this point it's too late for empathy.  And the array of bodies sprawled around the stage has never looked more contrived - or sillier.

It was instructive to me that, at the final bows, no one in the full house stood to applaud. Not one person.  SRB's solo bow elicted some bravos but everyone remained seated.  We were unmoved.

#293445 Olivier Panel

Posted penfold on 19 February 2014 - 11:03 AM

And try and be young, male, attractive and flirtatious.

#293371 The Knight Of The Burning Pestle

Posted Lynette on 18 February 2014 - 06:54 PM

Saturday. Another knee crippling, bum numbing experience. Should be fun.
It isn't strictly an Inigo Jones design, btw.

#292117 The Mistress Contract

Posted steveatplays on 08 February 2014 - 05:49 PM

One of the most tedious plays I have ever seen, I really struggled to get something out of it. I liked Mastromas, even if it was a bit of a Citizen Kane cliche, but this second effort by Vicky Featherstone downstairs will make Parsley's head explode, especially when he realises there is no interval in which to escape from this torture. And this IS torture, wordy-boarding you could call it, where one nagging whining self-important woman tapes herself for thirty years extorting a guy who wants his "c--k s--ked."

"The Mistress Contract" intrigued me because it sounded like it was about an experimental new way of living, some unconventional way of carrying on that Lord Byron might have enjoyed, but there is no enjoyment for this dreadful woman other than hearing the sound of her own voice.

I was literally enjoying listening to the ice rattling in the glass of the woman sitting next to me more than this play. I enjoyed the change in pitch of the clinking of the ice cubes as they became increasingly hollowed out.

There is no there there. No play whatsoever, just a mishmash of deliberately self recorded vainglorious tidbits from the lives of two very real very uninteresting people.

It's not the actors' fault either. I'm betting Danny Webb hoped he'd get to play a dynamic amoral unconventional real life character like Leonardo DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort in The Wolf Of Wall Street. The rivetting scene where Maggie Robbie's Mrs Belfort uses sex to control her wayward husband is what Saskia Reeves must have wanted to play. Instead they play whining self-important dullards who record 30 years of their own conversations.

Danny Webb has at least found something fun to do, which is aging very convincingly very fast. Poor Saskia Reeves discovers that winning the whinging Olympics and selling sex for money is the fountain of eternal youth.

Simply put, this is Parsley's kryptonite. 1 star. :(

#292142 Henry V

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 08 February 2014 - 09:35 PM

What an odd little production

Dude walks on and is all 'yeah, u should have gone and seen Warhorse if u wanted spectacle.  This is Shakespere'

Judi Law slags off the French (audience chortles)
Judi Law slags off the Scottish (audience ribs are tickled)

Barry, henchman to Dolphin King of the Man that Like the Freedom of Dresses, brings Judi a box of tennis balls.


Can't kill a transvestite so decides to bomb France

Cast of Tapdogs come on and tease the audience with something better

Princess Fiona and her 1st understudy come on and say 'C**t' (audience don't know if to laugh or not). They say 'C**t several more times and LOUDER (audience not laughing, sweating).  Dude runs on and shouts 'BASTARD FRENCH' (audience crap themselves, tension broken)

Judi comes on and slags off the French (audience like this) and the Scottish (audience appreciate the callback).  Judi limps to the front of the stage, considers doing his Roy Chubby Brown skit, and limps off with 'Richard III Coming Soon' stitched to his cape


man in Dress Circle screams 'MARVELLOUS'!

The End

I liked the avant garde 'no bows' and the shortness but I would have preferred Warhorse in hindsight.

The best part of the evening was meeting the wonderful xy_whitefaerie and her offering of Ferrero Rocher. May she long prosper in her desire to be the Malaysian Andrew Lloyd Webber!!!