Didn't like it at all. Felt like Tennant didn't really nail it. You wanted to feel that the King believed he had divine right to be King above all else and that he was a tortured soul and none of that came through. I wasn't rooting for him at any point, whereas in the Donmar production, even though you could see he was not necessarily a good King, you had great sympathy for him. Didn't realise just how good Eddie Redmayne was until I saw this.
Oh and I loved David T in Hamlet and Loves Labours Lost....just not here!
I struck gold this evening. Was in the building anyway to see nut in The Shed, but popped up to the Olivier box office just before it started, and a woman was there with a spare £50 seat- they weren't doing returns as I believe they still had a few £500 seats available. So I got it, missed nut, and had the most amazing evening. As a theatrical presentation it's far from perfect- it's clunky and to my surprise, the revolve is never used. But it'll work much better on the TV as the films (which are projected) will cover up the stage managers running around with torches. Ran at 2hrs25 with no interval, so will need to be cut down a bit before tomorrow. I think they've got a 2hr15 slot on BBC2. But who cares when the cast is to die for. I wanted it to never end. And there are a couple of unexpected treats which I won't spoil, though they're not top secret. A detailed reading of the programme will reveal.
I came out thinking just what an amazing institution the NT, and British theatre as a whole, is. And that we really are so so lucky.
Incidentally, lots of the elite were there, dressed up. Cheap night out for them, probably. I saw George and Frances Osborne on the way out. Never seen a row of ultra posh cars on the NT forecourt before either.
Saw this today with Latecomer and Beth and we were all woefully underwhelmed. Basically we didn't like a lot of the direction choices and found DT a real disappointment so after that it was all down hill. I love DT as an actor but just didn't really he ever got inside Richard, on a minor point also loathed his hair! This was my first Stratford visit so bit of a let down though was nice to see what everyone has been talking about, yes that cafe is too small. Also found it rather arrogant that there is a whole scene that a significant part of the audience couldn't see as it was too high. Nice day out with Latecomer and Beth but was hoping this was going to make up for missing his hamlet after his hurt his back.
Reporting as promised! Saturday matinee. Met some lovely people there! And the Q started an hour before the show! It might be long enough to stretch to Shepherd's Bush tube station at the end of the run lol )))
Frankly and not being biased I believe it was stunning! The audience was so enjoying it and so very much moved at the end. Final scene was devastating.. It’s cruel, honest and non-sentimental piece of writing at all but still incredibly touching, tender and inspiring. And these deep-hurting powerful things the characters said about being a parent.. hit me hard.. I find it amazing Rory wrote this even before becoming a father himself.
I love-love domestic dramas in general but this is just 100% my kind of play. It’s so realistic like sneaking secretly into someone’s living room.. Bit uneasy.. Family gatherings, you know.. Awfully funny and just plain awful at times )) There were moments when the entire house exploded with roaring laughter (Brighton jokes you know)) – and then the good whole 30-seconds of dead silence with air _that_ thick it seemed like nobody’s even breathing.. astonishing cast! Every single member of them embodied the character to the fullest and gave so emotionally charged performances it almost lifted the roof. Anna Calder Marshall is extraordinary!
It’s a very personal play for Rory and I don’t know if he has any new ideas coming or time on his hands now but I do wish I had a chance to tell him to never stop doing it. You can see a big heart behind it and a true talent shining through.
Yes what a find, well for me, my first visit to the Bush, but it's lovely there as noted. It's hard not to like a place where you can read plays when you go to the toilet but also lovely food and friendly staff and it would seem rather a good eye for picking a play. Had no thoughts at all prior to going to this regarding what to expect but it was really powerful and funny and painful all at the same time. I can't really say anything new that hasn't already been said but would strongly support other people's positive expereinces.
Plus it is fun to be a child and spin the cubes in the park!
I am still not sure what to make of this. I loved the first bit, when his life is basically told by narrators but found the following bits less successful. I didn't find it boring, just a bit unbelievable and a strange weird quality to it. Hard to really root for any of the characters. I suspect it might crop up in my dreams....Front row involved quite a lot of looking up! Nice to finally meet Weez, who by chance was sat right next to us!