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#300986 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted Andromeda Dench on Yesterday, 07:03 AM

Don't know if this counts, but I saw a Strallen of the Summer variety at a vegetarian place where I stopped to grab a lunch-box. I stared at her quite inappropriately long because I couldn't remember right away who she was despite looking terribly familiar (I need new contact lenses and she wasn't doing high-kicks).

#300981 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted RedRose on Yesterday, 05:29 AM

View Postcraftymiss, on 16 April 2014 - 12:29 AM, said:

Sir Cam of the Mac at Good People tonight.  Just before curtain up he sat in a seat in the row behind me but he left at the interval and didn't return

I know where he went: St James Theatre, Spoonfull of Sherman Cabaret. He walked passed a friend of mine there.

#300923 The Crucible, The Old Vic

Posted Ryan on 16 April 2014 - 03:38 PM

This is the play from the Old Vic's new season that I'm most looking forward to.  I think Richard Armitage is perfect for John Proctor.

Plus he's sex on legs which always helps! :D

#300927 The Crucible, The Old Vic

Posted theatremoll on 16 April 2014 - 04:23 PM

not seen this play for absolutely years ... decades in fact ...

I agree Ryan, the addition of Mr Armitage certainly sweetened my decision to book :lol:

#300918 The Crucible, The Old Vic

Posted xanderl on 16 April 2014 - 02:57 PM

I've booked to see The Old Vic at the Crucible.

#300916 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted Lynette on 16 April 2014 - 02:31 PM

Daft, after the interval it really hits home. Maybe he saw the second half last week!

#300618 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted dallardice on 14 April 2014 - 10:56 AM

View PostKathryn2, on 14 April 2014 - 07:58 AM, said:

The highlights show cut out far too much - it really does make it look like musical showcase. The intro mentioned that it was a celebration of theatre, opera and dance but did we actually see any opera/ dance awards?!

Very disappointed they cut Joseph Calleja's performance too - had a look to see if some of the cut awards or performances were available online but it doesn't look like it.  Given that they were all filmed, it's even more disappointing not to have them available.

#300584 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted Nicholas on 13 April 2014 - 11:39 PM

Ladies and gay men (well, I liked that joke), this is my two pennies.

The issue with theatrical awards is that, for the most part, they celebrate shows that are past and gone, and in celebrating them they've never managed to leap that hurdle.  I watched the Oscars (more fool me) and the joy of those is should I feel so inclined I can see the Documentary Shorts and ever Best Picture nominee, whilst here every best revival is closed (Private Lives available on Digital Theatre, something these awards could have flagged up...) and I think every best new play has too.  It would be lovely to bring in numbers from upcoming shows to make it a celebration of past and future, but they don’t.  I think anyone who calls theatre esoteric and with niche appeal could watch this ceremony and feel validated.  The TV Baftas, as a show, appeal as Sunday night entertainment, Graham Norton a bit tipsy and irreverent, everyone polite and gently backslapping and the tone enjoyable.  This, as a show, appealed to people who saw theatre.  It gives those of us who saw Lesley Manville something to be chuffed about and those who didn't something to be miffed about where her Bafta nomination meant we could catch up.  I think it ought to be a celebration of past and future, or else it becomes a celebration for the select.

Also, and I'm not the first to say this, not enough focus given to plays.  I remember watching a Tony highlights where they did scenes from plays like musical numbers and it fell flat, but surely something could be done.  A song, for goodness sake, from The Amen Corner, a bit of Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear, some Private Lives hilarity, maybe nothing from shows so intense and unable to decontextualise as Ghosts, one of the wittier conversations from Chimerica, even bits of Peter and Alice would have worked well on that stage.  Most shows these days have trailers, most are even filmed for posterity, so a few video clips, why not?  If not, shows from the future - Bakersfield Mist, Fatal Attraction, I don't know, just something open or opening.  The dole queue from The Full Monty!  This is easy!  I'm thinking these up on the spot!  Why couldn't the producers?

As for this show itself, Benny and Bjorn’s two lines of song didn’t seem worth the air fare (ABBA REUNION NOW), Bernadette Peters can do no wrong and most of the musical numbers came off well, mostly.  If memory serves this highlights had the same issue as last years, which is you got to see nothing of the hosts but them say “And now our next presenter…”.  Now, that might be all they do live, but that’s ludicrous.  Look at how NPH is always lively, witty, doing silly stunts…  It’s glitzy and entertaining for all, not just those in the know.  Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton were great when they did it.  Some nice speeches too, especially lovely Rory Kinnear, Gavin Creel's praising the FOH staff, Richard Eyre, the NT's two Nicks and the fact that the Frozen/Book of Mormon man didn’t give another sickening speech like at the Oscars.  How was it live, for those who went?  Worth £60?  And was there an In Memoriam that was cut from TV Broadcast, does anyone know?

And the winners seemed, for the most part, fair.  Rory Kinnear is lovely and deserved it, Lesley Manville definitely did, the many accolades Ghosts achieved were more than deserved and even if Chimerica wasn’t the best play I felt no qualms about seeing Kirkwood’s ambition rewarded and Lyndsay Turner’s direction was impeccable.  Shame nothing for The Scottsboro Boys – how will that affect its West End standing?  Unless I’m forgetting something, no-one truly undeserving went up on that stage.

As awards, when I look over the list of winners, I'm pleased enough.  But as a show it has one huge fault, which is epitomised by Samuel's comment about seeing Bakersfield Mist.  When I watch the Oscars it makes me want to go see American Hustle or Captain Philips or whatever I missed.  I didn't want to go see anything at the end of this, I only felt smug and self-satisfied at what I'd seen.  It's a two hour advert for theatre that doesn't advertise what's worth seeing at the theatre, unless it's a musical that as would luck would have it is on or that's been running since time immemorial.  And whilst the Society Of London Theatres won't award what's going on in Sheffield unless Sheffield visits us, why not a trail for what Daniel Evans is doing with shows like My Fair Lady and Oliver and The Full Monty, regional triumphs, or a nod to all those stars popping down to Chichester?  Theatre is national (like NT Live, which only the winners felt worth mentioning) and upcoming and this celebrates localised and finished theatre.  THAT's why I say those who think theatre is an esoteric hobby will feel validated.  A thumbs up for the winners, a thumbs up for the performers who did well but a thumbs down to the show's producers.

#300585 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Seriously on 13 April 2014 - 11:42 PM

Well, James Arthur scrubs up well as the hunchback.

#300414 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 13 April 2014 - 10:59 AM

Just realised why ur profile picture is! For ages I was really confused as to why it was a saveloy!

#300581 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted poster J on 13 April 2014 - 11:23 PM

The link to Covent Garden was entertaining just because of how ridiculously young the current Valjean looks.  And at least it served as a warning not to go back to Les Mis any time soon, at least until there's a cast change.  The Wicked performance was slightly better but still so over-sung.

#300575 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted coramboy on 13 April 2014 - 11:08 PM

Well done Rory Kinnear! And a great speech! Still, feeling a bit sorry for Jude Law. 5 years, 3 nominations, 0 wins...

#300476 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Steve10086 on 13 April 2014 - 06:57 PM

View PostDawnstar, on 13 April 2014 - 06:34 PM, said:

I'd better retract my post from yesterday then, as most people seem to think it's fine. I had two issues with it, apart from the stealing electricity point brought up already: 1) leaving a phone with a trailing wire attached lying in an aisle where people would not be expecting it is a trip hazard & 2) in a theatre as old as Her Majesty's goodness knows what state wiring could be in so it might potentially cause a fire risk. Sorry if I sound like a health & safety lecture.

No, I agree with you.  Wouldn't dream of charging my phone in a theatre!  Though if it's now acceptable maybe I'll bring a toaster next time I go to the theatre, and make myself an interval snack.

#300461 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Honoured Guest on 13 April 2014 - 05:49 PM

I foresee plug wars - "My need is greater than yours", etc.

#298680 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted SF88 on 29 March 2014 - 09:50 PM

Seriously Parsley, sort that posting style out. It's ridiculous.