itsuckstobeme, on 18 January 2014 - 12:58 PM, said:
More tickets have been released for this. I personally don't get the big deal about Russell Tovey, he basically plays himself in every thing I've seen him in. The subject matter sounds interesting though so will go.
Thankyou! Had been a bit miffed this was sold out but have now got tickets! I love this board!
I'd thought about seeing this but I make it a policy never to see productions that have had multiple threads started about them, particularly when there are posts by people pretending to be members of the public but are obviously involved in the production.
I have discovered a glitch in the ticket booking system that may allow people to get tickets for these.
If you go on www.rsc.org.uk, and try and book for either, it will normally show sold out for all performances, or occasionally a couple of perfs with tickets remaining.
However, if you have an internet enabled phone, or can ask a friend to check, go to www.rsc.org.uk/mobile, which is the mobile version of the site and go onto the production pages, and buy tickets, there seem to be a lot more options coming up for both productions.
Snapshot at 10.00pm, 14/1/14:
Friday 17/1/14, 1.30pm: Tickets showing on both normal and mobile.
However there have been perfs showing in the future on mobile but not normal
BRING UP THE BODIES
Tickets showing for 1.30pm on Saturday 18/1/14 on both websites.
On mobile website,only 7.30pm is showing but so are 24 other performances. Having checked, some are just standing others are actual seats.
Did we all see the same play? Glad to see a little love for this on here because I thought it was pretty spectacular. I'll say this: it's not a great play per se - it may well have been in its day, but now the story itself is an overly familiar, well-worn morality tale that you'll feel you've seen already in a hundred other plays and movies.
BUT the production is wonderful, constantly inventive, beautifully, generously designed, intricately evocative of the style and swagger of European art and society in the early 20th century, and the cast work their (amply padded) socks off.
Can't believe I'm the first person in 7 pages of posts to mention the music: in the first half, there are beautifully reinvented excerpts from Wagner, in the second half all sorts of lusty, furtive surprises: I'd never heard anything quite like the headlong accordion that accompanies the sex scenes. It's so great having the musicians onstage throughout too, intermingling, and I laughed a lot at their final deed.
Also can't believe I'm only the second person in 7 pages to mention *that scene* in the snow. Yes, we've all seen white sheets used for snow before, but wow, never like this. How it starts is thrilling. The gestures, the music. So beautiful. I'll keep this spoiler-free, but the subsequent moment when a tree appears was utterly bewildering and captivating too. How Gina Bellman ends up in this scene too is gripping. And anchoring it all, Adam Godley is so vivid and sinister and endearing all at once in this sequence - and throughout.
As someone else here said, the choreography in the first scene too is as gorgeous as anything I've seen in the theatre in the last year. Not all scenes have the same punch, but they don't in any other play either.
It does have its shortfalls and occasional longeurs (I could have done with one or two fewer confessions at the end), but you can only blame the original play for that. But I can well imagine it had a real impact in its day - and has certainly influenced so many subsequent things which it now, in turns, seems to echo - so I applaud the National for staging it, and boy they've staged it in the most lavish and loving way imaginable.
No walkouts on my watch today. A hell of a lot of laughter, and folks whooping 'Bravo' at the end.
Judge for yourself, but I definitely think it's worth seeing.
This play is simply marvellous from start to finish. It's really funny and absolutely heartbreaking, by the end I was wiping so many tears away I couldn't have convinced anyone that I had something in my eye even if I wanted to. There isn't a single weak link in the cast and each one gets their moment to shine which they all do but at the same time managing to be what the characters they are portraying are - a team. It's just sensational. Full stop.
A tale of friendship, love, pain & loyalty, this terrific play at the wonderful Bush Theatre is a real treat. It's funny, touching and very poignant. With an outstanding ensemble cast, it's ultimately a wonderful feel good play with a hint of Beautiful Thing about it. A must see production and one of my theatre highlights of 2013
I thought this was fantastic - absolutely loved it. It's beautifully done, with echoes of Metropolis among other Expressionist masterpieces, and wonderfully acted. It won't please the realists but it doesn't mean to. It's a great piece of German Expressionism, given a tremendous production here, and just so refreshing to see. More of this please.