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In Topic: A View From The Bridge

Yesterday, 04:13 PM

Caught the matinee and have spent the last half an hour on the South Bank is a shaky daze. Spectacular theatre, brilliant performances and wonderful staging. One of the best things I've ever seen, and certainly the best ending I've witnessed in a theatre.

In Topic: Old Vic New Season

15 April 2014 - 10:45 PM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 15 April 2014 - 09:57 PM, said:

What's with the hysteria over booking these shows? Usually the Old Vic is half empty. ..

That Spacey play sounds incredibly dull to me, and the novelty of seeing him on stage is well and truly over I'd have thought.

Not to me it hasn't - plus he's gained many new fans thanks to the brilliant House of Cards to whom seeing him on stage will be an exciting prospect.

In Topic: Shakespeares Globe 2014

14 April 2014 - 01:59 AM

 DrP, on 13 April 2014 - 10:31 PM, said:

Has Titus A opened yet? Is it exact same staging as the last time?
The Globe season never starts until 23 April.

Speaking of which I have a 5 standing ticket to Hamlet that night, which is also Shakespeare's 450th birthday, but I've double booked myself and can't go. If anyone wants the ticket for free PM me and I'm happy to post it out to you.

In Topic: Michael Grandage Season

13 April 2014 - 11:13 PM

View PostHonoured Guest, on 13 April 2014 - 05:52 PM, said:

It will be interesting to see how the Olivier judges reward this season.
Unsurprisingly considering the reaction of these boards, they didn't bother to.

In Topic: The Oliviers - The Results

13 April 2014 - 11:11 PM

Okay, if I were in charge of these awards I'd do the following:
  • Ditch the Audience Award, it is cheapening and unnecessary.
  • Get rid of the Piazza portion of the show - it does not add anything to the show and the performances and the sound quality are always far inferior to those inside the theatre itself.
  • Also scrap the z list presenters. It was great to see Kathleen Turner presenting an award, not so for Gok Wan. Angela Lansbury is in town, surely she could have handed out an award?
  • The NT50 show proved short excerpts of plays could be performed and showcased, and that may not be possible here but I know many shows are filmed for prosperity so it would be nice to see even short clips so people who haven't seen the shows know what are being honoured.
  • Establish what awards mean, the "Outstanding Achievement in Music Award" was bizarre in its ambiguity. Take a leaf out of the Tony Awards book, who have awards for Book, Orchestrations and Score.
  • Stop with the ruddy stereotyping, more than "women and gay men" are watching.
Anyway, the highlights were better than last year. Always a pleasure to see Bernadette Peters perform (we need a production of Follies soon please), great set, Mangan and Arterton enjoyable (perhaps slightly under-rehearsed), well edited (although how on earth Best Play, one of the main awards was pushed into the "Also handed tonight.." section I've no clue. Very pleased for the love for Ghosts and Chimerica.