Couldn't find a thread solely for the play, please merge if needs be mods. Saw Henry V last night a decent night at the theatre. I thought Jude Law was really impressive. My favourite parts were Henry V's sililoquies. Wait till you hear the St Crispins Day speech. Minimal stage but great use of lighting, quite dark in places. Another good performance from Ashley Zhangazha (I enjoyed his performance in Fences). But... this was my first Henry V. I left the theatre numb, no more confused. I couldn't work out why this was not brilliant theatre. Interested to read more thoughts as more people see this play.
For three-quarters of its lengthy duration (including the whole First Act) I thought it was a masterpiece. A couple of dodgy scenes and some severely under-talented supporting actors brought the Second Act slightly down.
Anne-Marie Duff is, to me, the finest actress currently working on the English stage - or any stage - and she was absolutely brilliant as the turbulent and fascinating Nina. Darren Pettie, Jason Watkins and, especially, Charles Edwards were almost as good as the three persistent men in her life. The scenes involving these four, which is to say most of the play, were riveting.
I thought that the technique of externalizing thoughts played wonderfully, in part because it was so well executed. It added a layer of humour I have never before experienced in an O'Neill play.
Simon Godwin's smart and fluid production worked like a dream and Soutra Gilmore's sets... wow!
I think that WOS board contributors do write very well. The comments on this play alone are of a very high standard. And this is the one that I agree with the most having watched the play yesterday. The remark about the cast - Anne Marie Duff was very good and was very well supported. The comment about the humour - very different for Eugene O'Neill but it worked. One thing I would add is I loved the sets. A very good use of the Lyttleton stage.
No not me!!! Sorry had forgotten until you mentioned it...as it was switched off pretty quickly! I do think their reminding us to turn phones off was a bit rubbish....ushers didn't seem much motivated...just sort of dashed in and out with quick asides. Wouldn't have take 2 mins for someone to stand in the centre of the stage a minute before they started and ask clearly to switch phones off!
Glad you told them off!!!
I was front row behind table near to entrance to the pub. Luckily table was nice and low and did not interrupt sight lines.
I loved the bar man.... hope he gets together with the woman.... and wasn't O'Hanlon good....and Brian Cox , in fact all of them!
Does make me want to go and see the next one!
The barman, Peter McDonald, was Aston to Jonathan Pryce's Davies in the Liverpool Everyman/Trafalgar Studios production of The Caretaker. Thought he was very good in that also. Aston's soliloquy is a favourite of mine, and I loved the way Peter McDonald delivered that speech.
Saw Viva Forever during the week, and the guy next to my friend dropped his phone 2 minutes into the opening number. He stood up, he crouched down on the floor, he banged the seats in front, he shone a torch on his friend's phone etc trying to find it. I timed him - he spent the first 30 minutes looking for it - gradually becoming verbally annoyed he couldn't find it.
After 30 minutes he decided that it must have fallen into my friend's handbag - he asked her to check (which she did), and then accused her of stealing his phone when she said it wasn't in her bag! After about 50 minutes I swung my feet under my own chair and found it, so my friend passed it to him: not a single word of thanks.
Thankfully he had the decency not to return after the interval. I know if can be frustrating if you don't know where your phone is at any given time (especially considering the cost of iPhones), but once the curtain goes up and you can't find it after 5 minutes, there's nothing left to do but wait until the interval, surely?
I can understand why handing the phone back would aid your enjoyment of the show, but wouldn't it have been tempting to send the phone scuttling forward three rows with a kick whilst you swung your feet under your chair