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#251849 Salad Days

Posted SHk on 13 January 2013 - 10:19 PM

Totally agree. I went to see it 2 years ago and fell in love with it. This revival's cast are no less fantastic (several of them stayed to my joy).

So silly and so wonderful, is this musical.

#244974 Daddy Long Legs At St James Theatre, Victoria

Posted SHk on 11 November 2012 - 06:36 PM

My legs are only about 2"-long, so didn't suffer at all. My children and their friends (aged 7-9) sat separately from their mums in those bits of Row B which have no seats in front..... They didn't seem to be cramped.

As for reviews, I only read the one in The Times which gave this show only 3 stars saying it's too sugary. Hummmm. I am glad that other papers gave it better reviews which it deserves.

Having said that, another mum whom I bumped into (yes, it was the half-term week) said that it was not lively enough with only two performers. Maybe it's too quiet if what you want is an in-your-face entertaiment (which is nothing wrong in itself) rather than something that makes you feel what the characters are feeling and go through the journey together.

#243410 Daddy Long Legs At St James Theatre, Victoria

Posted SHk on 01 November 2012 - 08:06 PM

Saw today's matinee and was very impressed. Everytning was just lovely. Stage set, mini-orchestra, script, staging and acting. Megan McGinnis' singing was particularly excellent. Loved the kind of classy laughs John Caird's script provided.

Theatre itself was very nice too, though the cafe and restaurant looked a bit too posh (still very very nice). But they only had 4 cubicles in the Ladies. New building, missed opportunity. I'm sure the architect was a MAN.

#243181 Phantom Of The Opera ~ 2012, Uk Tour

Posted SHk on 31 October 2012 - 11:19 AM

I've wanted to leave a comment in this thread for a long time, but just could not remember my username and password...until this morning.

First of all, I went to see JOJ's last 2 performances in Edinburgh and just could not believe how superhumanly more than perfect his singing was. There is simply no one else who can sing like him, if I may say so.

I agree Olivia is very good. She acts with her heart. Several other POTO fans were commenting how good she was.

Katie's voice was as beautiful as ever, and Simon was a wonderful Raoul as always.

Finally, I was so glad to read the comment about Earl. I totally agree that his acting has something very special about it. It reaches somewhere quite deep in our hearts, doesn't it? He is a 1st class actor and should be more recognised.

#220844 "customer Service? In The West End? You're 'avin A Laugh!

Posted SHk on 13 May 2012 - 09:58 PM

At Richmond Theatre, all, except perhaps one, BO assitants are so kind, polite and intelligent. People who are used to sulky WE BO clerks wouldn't belive it.

On the other hand, I find half of Her Majesty's BO clerks downright hostile and the other half indifferent.

#218964 Jermyn Street Theatre

Posted SHk on 27 April 2012 - 07:59 AM

I saw it about 2 weeks and thought it was terrific. Good script/direction and incredibly natural and convincing acting. I would have appreciated a bit of relief provided perhaps by a brief appearance of a third person, but still it's a piece of high quality theatre.

By chance, after seeing this in the afternoon, I went to see an one-man show called An Instinct for Kindness at Trafalgar Studio in the evening.ááThis is another piece about assisted suicide, written and played by Chris Larson who, in real life, helped his former wife die in a Swiss clinic. Strongly recommended.

#214625 Barons Court Theatre

Posted SHk on 23 March 2012 - 09:22 AM

Allow me to start a new thread.  

I have visited this tiny pub theatre in Barons Court several times.  They put regular magic shows, little plays and sometimes even musicals.

The play I saw last night was called Load Arthur Savile's Crime by Oscar Wilde.  I was expecting a light entertaiment of a reasonable amount of laugh.

How wrong I was!

The actor who played Arthur was the weakest male-lead I'd seen in my entire (long) life.  He could not have been a professional actor.  His voice was extremely feable with no projeftion what's so ever.  And his diction was absolutely appauling. I had to strain my ears to catch what he was saying as his speech was so slurred.

And that is even I could start talking about his acting....

Half of the cast seemed reasonably competant, but dreadfully under-rehearsed.  Many a time they stumbled on their lines, exept, perhaps the young actress who played Arthur's fiancee.

There was an likable elder actress whom I saw before in an wired play called Cause somthing (I can't even remember..) in a little theatre opposite RUG's HQs (if you know where I mean).  Back then I thought she must have been a amateur, and this time I though the same.  But even she was a lot better than the male-lead. At least she could play (just about)  two roles with different accents.

I like this crumbling theatre which is a former wine-celler, because it's a few minitues' walk from the Tube station, and the pub above is very decent and lively.  The BO staff are nice too. But they mustn't risk their reputation by employing such an incompetant actor. And the cast need to rehearse before they can start charging punters.

#211431 Richard III & Twelfth Night (Rylance & Fry)

Posted SHk on 27 February 2012 - 01:58 PM

Just booked a seat on the opening night. 35 pounds for a Balcony seat (=4th level above Upper Circle). Way too expensive.

Any early-bird discount available? Otherwise, I will have to try Day-seating too (at my age!) if I want to see it again, which I probably will.

But seriously, are they really allowed to charge us this much for rafter seats? Disgrace.

#207400 The Ongoing Les MisÚrables Discussion Thread

Posted SHk on 20 January 2012 - 07:56 PM

Glad to hear that Christopher as JVJ is fab as I am going to see him in the role in March.

Adam as Grantaire is usually very good. However, the past 3 performances I have seen, he was going for laughs quite balatantely, even in the barcade scene just before BHH. I didn't think that was appropreate. Why is he doing this? Is he bored of playing this role in a normal way, or what?  I think he should drop it.