Not sure if it counts. But I went to see a Meatloaf tribute act last night in Darlington. A couple near the first made a huge commotion walking out after just two songs because it wasn't the real Meatloaf. Quite why you would expect one of the worlds largest superstars to be singing on a wet Wednesday in Darlington on a £20 ticket beats me but they weren't happy and everyone in the stalls and on stage knew about it
I had an interesting experience at The Light Princess a few weeks ago. I was on my own and sat in one of the cheaper front rows of the Lyttelton. Two ladies arrive and realise that their seats are a few places apart. One of them asks me to swap seats, to which I accepted as the seats were close anyway. I move my bag, coat and shuffle over to my new seat with my wine. Fine.
The lady sits down next to her friend. Two minutes later she comes back to me and says: "You look tall". I just looked at her. She then says "I want my seat back, the guy in front of your seat is really tall". I could hardly believe it! I just took my stuff and moved back to my seat, next to her friend (again).
Her friend then starts chatting away to me like nothing has happened! The guy on her other side had witnessed it all and had a good laugh. To make things better, the man who eventually sat down in front of swap-lady was even taller than the one in front of me. Theatre-kharma at its best!
I take back everything I said about Tovey, he showed brilliant character development from cheeky scally to dead behind the eyes arsehole. There is also no getting away that he had a fantastic body and the bit when he said he was going for a shower I literally wet myself with sexwee
Thought everyone was excellent but my hat got blown off by Lisa McGrillis!!
Really can't rate this enough. If u have tickets get excited, if u havnt then id really suggest trying to get a return or a Monday ticket - I know I'm gona try go again!!!
I find your review far more interesting than the production. Glad that I didn't have to queue to see it, so thank you for the ticket Mrs Lovett!
And since I've got nothing informative/interesting to add, I shall just give a review for 'An Evening with Mrs Lovett'. It was definitely the highlight of the evening (though the 'Marvellous' from the man in Dress Circle was a close second') ! Charming young man. Would definitely recommend to others. 5 stars and worth more of the Ferrero Rocher!
So brilliant on film, though I never saw him on stage. "Synecdoche New York" is such a wonderful film about making art. I wonder if any of his broadway appearances were filmed. I hope so. I did see him in the audience at a couple of London plays over the years. What a sad sad loss.
Just back from an extraordinary evening at the Young Vic. Juliet S was outstanding, stunning and unforgettable. Thankfully she wasn't overshadowed (quite) by the cougher whose emissions ruffled my hair every 60 seconds or the person next to them who repeated the word "Willie" every single time JS said it. With a snigger. Every. Single. Time.
Refreshed the screen about 15 times this morning and nearly fell off my seat when I actually got through and and now in proud possession of 2 seats for tonight.
The good omens were on my side.
So Russell Tovey in his pants - here I come.
So, enjoyed visiting this again today. Nice seat, front row of the circle.
As usual the excitement of being there got the better of me and I told the people next to me that it was my second time seeing the production, as I had loved it so much the first time. I told them it was fantastic and they were in for a real treat. I also generously advised them that it was quite hard to follow the dialogue for the first 5 minutes but not to worry, it was just like tuning in to Shakespeare and one soon tuned in and got relaxed into the flow.....the one next to me then sat making notes throughout the play.....yes, it was the director, Ian Rickson. After I had made some comment at the end (about how good it was that the tragedy was preceded by humour- it made it more shocking) he introduced himself (oh, I thought, that's why he was scribbling throughout) and I did that incoherent thing where I made absolutely no sense.....I may have said "oh and you are that man from the National" to his companion Rhys Ifans...he chuckled a bit. I ran away....
Still, can now claim to have shaken the hand of Ian Rickson even if he now thinks I am mad as a hatter....
And all the things I could have said...about Jerusalem, The River, Old Times etc etc
As you say, if he was freelance they didnt need any excuse therefore his version of events doesnt stand either.
Bottom line is we will never know the real story
His version of events is plausible to me because 1) my parents have read The Express for years, I know the paper's attitude well, and this fits with it
2)the pictures referred to exist, and I have seen them
3) Shenton's been lamenting the way newspapers have been cutting their arts coverage and getting rid of critics. He has worked for The Express for 11 years. If they'd decided to let him go for another reason, that would have fit quite nicely into his narrative about the state of arts criticism. He doesn't need to make up anything dramatic.
4) Truth is stranger than fiction - you couldn't make this up!
There are two sides to every story, that is true, but given the way The Express has justified extremely unethical decisions in the past - just look at their rampant scaremongering, and the way they libelled the McCanns, not to mention the Diana conspiracy theories they peddle - there's no particular reason to think their side of the story would reflect well on them.