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steveatplays

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In Topic: Bad Behaviour At A Show

Today, 01:07 PM

A five foot tall offduty steward in her sixties queues for 3 hours to secure front and centre at the Globe to Globe Hamlet last night. The stage extends into a point at the centre, so she stands to the right of the point, and another offduty steward goes left of the point, and they are chatting. As the play begins, a six foot chap in his twenties decides this is a rock concert, squeezes past me in the second row (I "only" queued an hour), and wriggles himself onto the point between these two chatting stewards. He then decides the point is uncomfortable, and pushes the 5 foot woman rightwards, so that he can get off the point. She tries to resist but he successfully shoves her rightwards. I was reluctantly going to speak up, when she told him to stop pushing her. He settles, but ten minutes later starts pushing her rightwards again. She asks him to stop again, angrily.

He stops, but instead flops his arms onto the stage for comfort, stretching them out a full metre into the stage space. He almost loses his arms when Laertes slams down a plank to create a makeshift battlement.

At the interval, I congratulated the steward for sticking up for herself. The chap overheard, and after the interval, he refrained from wedging himself between the stewards. After all, he was 6 foot tall, and could see perfectly well.

All this time, the chap never spoke a single word to anyone lol.

In Topic: Shakespeares Globe 2014

Today, 12:08 AM

LDM2013, tough review! :0

Naeem Hayat played Hamlet though, but correct the typo, and I reckon your review is a contender for the prestigious Parsley prize, awarded each year for the best brutality in reviewing a play or musical. :)

In Topic: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Seating Question

Yesterday, 09:45 AM

View Postxanderl, on 23 April 2014 - 08:59 AM, said:

Is ROH Friend membership worth it? I guess better access to the cheaper tickets?

Xanderl, as you stated you prefer the Amphitheatre, there is no necessity to become a member.

Friend membership gets you the stalls circle benches, or more rarely the side stalls circle front row next to the stage if you are very quick, at cheaper prices where you can see expressions on faces.

In Topic: Urinetown

19 April 2014 - 10:01 PM

Caught this for the second time tonight, and loved everything about this show all over again.

Last time, I opted for the Time Out offer, and was allocated Row F. This time, I went for restricted view front row, and I was taken aback by just how intimate it is down there. As Seriously observes, alot of the acting is performed right at the front of the stage, so the performers are one foot away from you. It was wonderful fun, exciting and involving, though I found the blood a little more repulsive up close than I found it from further back.

Richard Fleeshman and Simon Paisley Day were off. Fleeshman is apparently still struggling with his voice, and appears every two days or so to have another go, before taking time off again. Paisley Day is having one week of scheduled holiday.

As I have seen them both, I was interested to see their understudies this time round.

Adam Pearce is really solid as Cladwell, reminding me a little of the bald-headed Albert Finney in the Annie film, though he is not old enough to be Hope's father, and is more of a villainous caricature than Paisley Day.

The revelation though is Matthew Seadon-Young as Bobby Strong. While he doesn't have that bottled heroic virile boyish likeability that Fleeshman does, he has a much stronger voice, tender when he needs it to be, but full bodied when the songs swell, and all-encompassing during "Look at the Sky." With him in the part, "Run Freedom Run" became an all out tour de force. And make no mistake, he is likeable and funny too, but he earns his likeability and heroism by playing the part, whereas Fleeshman effortlessly embodies those qualities without trying.

My favourite players remain Jonathan Slinger and Jenna Russell because they bring a knowing comic levity to their performances that lifts this dark, fabulous and tuneful musical to the next level.

In the unlikely event of a transfer, I promise to go again. :)

In Topic: King Charles Iii

19 April 2014 - 07:42 PM

Anyone know the rules about writing fictional works about living people? Is it only the Royals we can write about in this way without triggering a libel suit?

Adam James isn't playing Prime Minister Milliband, but a generic fictional Labour PM. Is that because it's not ok to write about a fictional Milliband term, or is that because the thought of Milliband as PM made Bartlett physically sick? :)

Anyone know what is and isn't libellous in works of fiction?