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#300578 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted Alf on 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.

#299826 Our Esteemed Culture Secretary

Posted Alf on 09 April 2014 - 07:32 AM

Now our esteemed former Culture Secretary, just as she should have been a few days ago.

#294087 The A-Z Of Mrs P

Posted Alf on 24 February 2014 - 04:30 PM

Sorry to echo what's been said, but was very underwhelmed by this. While the music is nice, it is not a strong piece, the book is all over the place and the plot incoherent at times. I like to support new musicals, but this was very disappointing.

Have blogged about it in full if anyone is interested: http://thegreatestof...cal-when-i.html.

#288035 Blithe Spirit, Gielgud Theatre

Posted Alf on 30 December 2013 - 10:59 PM

Just thought I'd post how happy I am to see that Angela Lansbury has been made a dame, well deserved honour there.

#287997 Michael Grandage Season

Posted Alf on 30 December 2013 - 05:40 PM

View Postxanderl, on 30 December 2013 - 08:03 AM, said:

A rumour from today's Daily Mirror ....


A revival of My Fair Lady, Grandage involved, David Walliams and Sheridan Smith to star.
Sheridan Smith as Eliza I approve of, but David Walliams as Higgins? Dear god no, that's not what I want at all, it would stop me going to see it.

#287932 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted Alf on 30 December 2013 - 02:32 AM

View Postcraftymiss, on 28 December 2013 - 12:44 PM, said:

Jimmy Carr and Matt Rawle were at American Psycho matinee yesterday. I was sat near Rawle who in the interval happily offered his cheese straws to a lady sat next to him.
That makes three WOSers at that matinee, I only saw Carr though (it was his laugh when it was announced the performance was delayed that made me realise he was in the row in front).

#287530 Richard 2Nd - With David Tennant

Posted Alf on 22 December 2013 - 03:51 AM

View PostParsley, on 21 December 2013 - 08:45 PM, said:

This year (I am not seeing any further shows in 2013) I left 13 shows at the interval.

I have seen 245 performances in total.

I do not think that is so high a rate.
Just curious, you said you returned your ticket for the Stratford run, yet in the Let the Right One In thread it was in your list of things you enjoyed in October..

#287456 Richard 2Nd - With David Tennant

Posted Alf on 21 December 2013 - 03:03 AM

View PostParsley, on 20 December 2013 - 11:07 PM, said:

Did not make it past the interval for this last night.
Just wondering, what percentage of shows would you say you do stay past the interval? Just curious as see you mention fleeing at the interval frequently..

#286963 The Pajama Game

Posted Alf on 16 December 2013 - 12:23 PM

It's official - at the Shaftesbury with Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier, opening May 1st for a twenty week run.


#283692 Royal Court New Season

Posted Alf on 13 November 2013 - 12:30 PM

View Postcraftymiss, on 13 November 2013 - 12:25 PM, said:

How does this work? There are probably 3 I'd like to see or do I have to see all of them
From the email:

Save over 20% with tickets at just 25. To use the multi-buy deal purchase three or more of our Jerwood Theatre Downstairs productions (The Mistress Contract, Adler & Gibb, Birdland and The Nether). Only valid on full price, top-price tickets. Must be booked by 6 December.

#283686 Blithe Spirit, Gielgud Theatre

Posted Alf on 13 November 2013 - 12:18 PM

This makes me so excited, will definitely have to splash out for this one, or perhaps see if I can blag a Christmas present..

View Postmusicalmadness, on 13 November 2013 - 01:23 AM, said:

God, please please PLEASE let this be true!! Did you hear/know from a reliable source?
Paul has great form with these scoops, so I believe we may have a reason to get excited!

#282567 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted Alf on 01 November 2013 - 11:29 AM

They've released some seats already for the London run with the promo code 'ROBERT' - I still can't help but wince at prices for musicals nowadays.


#276837 Candide At The Menier Chocolate Factory - Christmas 2013

Posted Alf on 02 September 2013 - 06:32 PM

I'll probably give this a go, when will be allowed to buy tickets then?

#276427 Single Theatre Goers

Posted Alf on 28 August 2013 - 09:22 PM

View Postsam22, on 26 August 2013 - 11:20 PM, said:

I meant to post about this previously, I'm a (straight) male in my mid twenties and sometimes I do get annoyed of the assumptions people make. I'm pretty unusual out of my friends to enjoy theatre so people often make comments about whether I'm gay or if not just think it is plain weird that as a straight guy I like the theatre. I sometimes do end up trying to justify it which is plainly absurd, but the odd time that I've been alone I almost want to let people know! I know I really shouldn't care what people think and I'm sure most don't even consider it, but it is certainly something I have come across
It's nice to hear that I'm not alone in experiencing this. Worse case was atMerrily We Roll Along at the Menier, where the older gay couple sitting a few seats away kept giving me the eye and saying "bless that little one, like we used to be, let's pop his cherry". I'm straight and 18, they were in their sixties, it was horrible.

#275956 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Alf on 22 August 2013 - 10:09 PM

Just thought I'd say how impressed I was by the young audience at matinee of The Sound of Music. All the kids, some of them must have been about four, sat in awe and were clearly loving it, which was great to see. Shame that a sixty summin couple a few seats down kept talking during quiet moments and the woman who had her phone in her hand and still let it ring loudly three times couldn't learn a lesson or two from those kids.