I'm sad and surprised to hear The Roaring Girl has had poor reviews. I've been meaning to post a review for days, because I thoroughly loved it, and the audience around me all seemed to as well. It wasn't subtle, and maybe that's what turned the critics off (haven't read the reviews), but I came out of the theatre smiling.
I saw the first preview, which didn't feel like a preview at all: it was fast-paced and absolutely full of memorable characters. It's rather choc-a-block with side plots, but these were whipped in and out frequently enough that we never forgot what was going on with all the characters, and were just as much fun as the main plot involving the ultimate Roaring Girl, Moll.
It's hard to pick anyone out of the cast, because I thought they were uniformly excellent, but if I had to pick a couple out, I'd chose Lisa Dillon who was superb as the feisty titular character, and Lizzie Hopley as Mrs Gallipot and Harvey Virdi as Mistress Openwork who constantly made me grin with their comic timing. The set was rich and absorbing, and if the set changes were a little slow at times, who cared when there was lively on-stage music?
It was a bit of a motley mix of eras (Doc Martins under a Victorian era dress, electric guitar in the musical interludes), which sometimes bugs me, but here it worked for me.
And best of all, awesome roles for women! I think it's a great start to the season - can't wait for the next play.
I tried to book Electra today (advance booking for ATG members), and the dates were going from 'good availability' to 'poor' as I was checking dates. It's now showing limited availability on all dates - I don't know if they've limited the allocation offered for advance booking via ATG, or if it's genuinely close to sold out already, but either way, be quick if you want tickets!
I had the same problems with the card details page as peggs, and I had trouble with the Three-in-a-day page showing links for a fraction of a second and then the links vanishing - I lost precious minutes!
Out of curiosity, I just checked the on stage seating for the second Three Show Day, and there are only 5 on stage seats left. I'm now wondering just what 'benches' means: backless and wooden, or something a bit kinder for a long day? Has the Olivier had on-stage bench seating before?