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#299337 The James Plays

Posted Latecomer on 04 April 2014 - 05:51 PM

Yes front 4 rows are usually "cheap price"  Very cramped up, no arms to the seats, raked in the Olivier, not raked in Lyttleton. Great!


#298035 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted MrBarnaby on 25 March 2014 - 10:37 PM

So I've slept on it... Not wanting to rush in and slate it, but my god, what a hot mess of a show.

This show actually had workshops? Someone read the script? Anyone laughed during rehearsals?

I love a silly show but this is witless , lowest common denominator theatre. The 'plot' is so paper thin it's an insult. Even daft shows can engage the brain, not this one.
Cynthia Erivo has star quality all over her but you can tell by the way she rushes all of her (appalling) dialogue that she's just embarrassed. The highlight of the show (not much competition) is her delivery of the title number, just sensational.

Nigel Harman bears no resemblance to Cowell at all and is a laughter free zone. The girl playing Jordy was good value (despite hideous costumes) but poor Simon Lipkin. I suggest he fires his agent asap.

Also there's the small fact that at no point does it ever even faintly resemble the X Factor ... Why not?

And why is everyone going on about how spectacular it is? Have I missed something? It looked fine, but nothing special and it hugely relied on projections. Yawn.

The alien ending perfectly wrapped up a horrible folly of a show that will soon be forgotten. You could tell the whole audience was bored as there was tumbleweed blowing across the stage where laughs should be. There's nothing like the sound of a half empty theatre not laughing.

I suspect the Palladium owners will be  looking for a replacement show pretty swiftly.



#297909 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 25 March 2014 - 09:21 AM

So, here is my £20 oppinion (without using the threads buzz words 'bonkers' or 'WTF').

I'm a big Xfactor fan and I kept thing throughout that this would have been brilliant.....had this been 2010.  A lot of the jokes had been heard before and they felt very tired.

Me and my buddy after commented about how very 'end of the pier' it felt. This is the kind of thing I'd have LOVED to have seen in the middle of a boozy week to Blackpool....in 2010.

I found the racial stereotypes at best lazy and at worst boring and offensive.  Black man - must have a Jamacian accent and sing songs in a reggae style. Irish man - must be a bit stupid and like Irish dancing. YAWN

didn't like the dog - being so overly SELF AWARE doesn't automatically make for funny or clever.

Dermot O Leary type bloke was good but all we were laughing at is his impression. After 2 hours I wanted more from the character. Having said that, his Hug Song was the most inspired and insightful moments of the show and I did a little cheer

I like Harry Hill (I was one of the only people to go see his film and LOVE it) but I don't think it's suited to cavernous spaces. A lot of what works with his stuff is the reaction shots to the absurdity and u just can't get it here. The fly/mouth bit would have worked on tv but just jarred here.

The choreography was TERRIBLE. At no point did I fell in anyway awed by it

The biggest shame was Fabulous - I think it's really the pinacle moment of the show and they should have thrown EVERYTHING at it to form a ridiculous OTT show stopper - confetti, dancing lambs, papier-mâché Subo heads, a cast of 10,000......

I thought the cast were great and the ending really worked for me - silly but fitting. I don't think, for £20 seats that u could come away mega disappointed, but wouldn't say its worth anymore

God only knows what the critics will think. Last night I thought it will be torn apart, this morning I'm not so sure.

What would I do to save the production I hear u cry? Close it a few weeks before the xfactor starts, fiddle with it, cut the budget (thou chuck £1,000,000 at FABULOUS) and then reopen at a 1,000 seater and very quickly set up a tour to take it in whilst they can

I can't see this running past the Summer, which mean I think I will owe someone on here a fiver. WTF!?


#297298 Shakespeares Globe 2014

Posted Latecomer on 19 March 2014 - 07:12 PM

Ok, sit mostly in middle tier, back row, so that there is something to lean against! I am too old to sit on a bench with no back these days! The seats are fine with a cushion on but curiously uncomfortable.....I think it is because the wooden box you are sitting on does not allow you to tuck your feet underneath, as it were, it has a vertical edge at the front. Also the height is a little too high for me (I am 5ft 5) ...I would love to have a couple of bricks to put under my feet (one for each) but they might think me a bit odd! My husband is 6ft tall and found leg room adequate, but people in front are basically on a bench so it feels a little "freeform" !
Worth it though as productions are usually good.....comedies especially. They seem to cast very well and use the space nicely.


#296168 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted vertigo1 on 11 March 2014 - 03:16 AM

Mr Barnaby I was the critic from WOS, I assure you I'm not 'village Hall' I am somebody who works in the industry as a director, writer and producer and have won awards and nominations for my work, and i also write for a few theatre sites.

I will ALWAYS give my 100 percent honest opinion on all aspects of a show and thought DRS was outstanding, I was lucky enough to see the Broadway Production as well and thought this matched it all the way (in fact I think set and costumes were far better).

I really hope this finds an audience in London as it really deserves it. I hope all of you that get to see the show have as much fun as I did.


#290464 The Future West End - what would you like to see?

Posted wickedlover on 24 January 2014 - 09:50 PM

Mary Poppins has to come back...it was definately the best show I've seen, regret the fact I've only seen it once.


#287735 My Favourite Things In 2013

Posted Nicholas on 26 December 2013 - 01:18 PM

I’ve got a top three, and then it seems churlish to order the rest.  But I can’t narrow it down to a top ten.  One caveat – I’m not including the NT50 show, one of the most extraordinary nights of my life, because, well, it wasn’t quite a play and it wouldn’t quite be fair, now would it?
  • At one, it’s A Doll’s House.  The greatest show I’ve ever seen.  Twice.
  • At two, in any other year number one, Old Times.  That small idea of the swap added so much and means that on top of all the really troubling ideas Pinter raises Rickson adds something about performance and really enhances the confusion.  Still haunting.
  • At joint three, it’s The Scottsboro Boys.  I still can’t articulate how I feel, it’s a mess of contradictions.  But I still think about it happily whistling the songs and unhappily puzzling its ideas.  I’ll never get this out of my head.
  • And As You Like It, because I loved it and fell in love with everyone in it and have also listened to the CD about a hundred times.
And rounding up the top ten(ish), The Amen Corner was an unexpected triumph, Circle Mirror Transformation (sorry Cardinal) felt like spending time with friends, Hymn and especially Cocktail Sticks are amongst Bennett’s best, Julius Caesar was haunting and remarkable, Private Lives I only saw half of as for the other half my head was thrown back in affectionate laughter, Sons Without Fathers found the diamond in the rough of Chekhov’s second worst play and The Tempest I loved.  And sue me, I LOVED American Psycho.

Sadly, though for my money the top shows have been extraordinary (so many omissions!), the worst shows have been BAAAAAAD.  I’ll keep it to a bottom three, as though I’ve seen bad things I’ve only seen three I found offensively bad.
  • Worst, maybe the worst thing I’ve ever seen, American Lulu.  Every aspect of this, from it being missold as a jazz reworking to its awful libretto to wooden performances to staging that looked cheap to a terrible working of the source material, was absolute shite upon shite.  Not walking out of this shows I wouldn't crack under torture.  It’s amazing that my best and worst shows (possibly ever, for both) were on the same stage.
  • Peter and Alice.  Terribly written – nothing but audiobooks of biographies.  For my money the argument was “If you have an asexual pedologist adopt you after your two parents die before you turn eight, then one brother dies in a war whilst another is led to suicide, all before you turn twenty, you might be psychologically scarred.  If a chaste paedophile takes a few photos of you then leaves you’ll be less so” – not that profound, certainly doesn’t need 90 minutes.  AND BORING.
  • A lovely adage – if you throw enough poo at a wall some will stick.  Think of The Master and Margarita – a mishmash of styles and ideas, of anachronisms and recreations, of old and new, and how extraordinary that was – the best show of 2012, confirmed with hindsight.  Alternatively, you’ll be left with a steaming pile of poo.  Think of Edward II.
Merry Christmas, and for my money 2013 was pretty good year.  So here’s hoping for 2014!


#286683 The Light Princess

Posted MrBarnaby on 13 December 2013 - 12:07 AM

I think of production values as the standard of finish in the set.. Costumes.. Overall design etc, and in the case of the light Princess IMO it just looks like a ropey panto. But we'll just have to agree to having different standards!


#271787 Candida

Posted xanderl on 08 July 2013 - 03:07 PM

I hadn't realised Candida was the name of one of the characters, I assumed Shaw was writing about the yeast infection.


#270489 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Lynette on 27 June 2013 - 11:00 AM

View Postcraftymiss, on 25 June 2013 - 10:23 PM, said:



I had a similar experience a year or so ago in Bournemouth when I saw the Three Phantoms.  I complained to the management but they told me there was nothing could be done as they had paid for a ticket...errrr.....so had I.  It's a very tricky one as far be it for me to suggest certain members of the community should not be allowed to enjoy a show but it did ruin my evening as there was constant "mooing" throughout the show.

I understand that some shows are now offering performances especially for disabled people, the  autistic, and people with other problems as they and the parents and carers are well aware of the difficulty. It is a shame if someone can't go to the theatre because he / she moves about in an uncontrolled way or makes noises but in fact has the intellectual ability to enjoy it, so let's hope the idea spreads.