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#301183 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted Titan on Yesterday, 05:17 PM

View PostParsley, on 18 April 2014 - 04:24 PM, said:


Robert Lindsay appeared in the s******* TV show of ALL time

Which was sustained WAY past it's sell by date

Even after most of the supporting cast moved onto better things

He stayed on

A show which makes Miranda seem positively cerebral

And each night he puts on makeup and costumes to sing and dance onstage

In a half empty theatre

That's his life in perspective


With him and Anya Reiss opening their mouths on Twitter like they were having faeces flowing forth freely

It amazes me

Totally meaningless people with complete ignorance toward their actual minuscule value in the grand scheme of the world

If you think My Family is the worst show of all time you clearly havent seen much TV

#301065 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted KevinUK on 17 April 2014 - 07:47 PM

So how's this doing? I wasn't a fan, but it seems to be plodding along.

#301053 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted wickedgrin on 17 April 2014 - 05:55 PM

Oh yes, definitely. I saw his Hamlet at Manchester Royal Exchange many years ago and of course Me And My Girl - he was fabulous with Emma Thompson (no less!) More recently great in The Entertainer.

Ultimately that is only what it should be about - if an artist can deliver on stage and Lindsay can. Unfortunately today the actors and the public get too involved in the celebrity, twitter, facebook, social media thing and really it should just be about the performance.

#301029 King Charles Iii

Posted steveatplays on 17 April 2014 - 01:25 PM

Sitting in my usual partially restricted seat last night, with the doors closing, I delightedly started shuffling into the empty unobstructed seat to my left when Henry Goodman suddenly appeared and stole it from me. Well, it was his, but it felt like theft.

The play itself was neither as funny as I expected it to be, nor as dramatic as one of Shakespeare's histories, though it was thoroughly fascinating. The overall tone is serious, the story of Charles' heroic and foolish attempt to exercise real power, making a principled stand against a privacy bill restricting freedom of the press.

Although the blank verse and tragically flawed protagonist do successfully conjure up the feeling of a Shakespeare history, the stakes here are much lower: "will the privacy bill go through?" just doesn't feel as threatening as "will Richard II be murdered?"

Still, there is betrayal aplenty as various forces scheme against Charles, and Tim Pigott-Smith gives an outstanding performance as Charles, his principle, his pig-headedness, his compassion, his loneliness. This is more than mere impersonation, I really felt for him. The real Charles would never be so foolish, though this has the feel of the real man.

The sub-plot involving Harry wanting to become a commoner was well-judged, and I found all Richard Goulding's appearances as Harry to be much needed comic relief.

As William and Kate, Oliver Chris and Lydia Wilson made for a savvy and glamourous power couple, with the latter wearing the trousers. If Vanessa Kirby did a play now, we'd have all the female principals from the Royal Court's "The Acid Test" sharing the London stage simultaneously, as Phoebe Fox is at the Young Vic at the moment.

Mike Bartlett has created in this play a valuable vehicle to consider the meaning of Royalty after the Queen, as well as a play for monarchists to gawk at convincing facsimiles and republicans to consider their flaws. It's also, thanks to Pigott-Smith, an effective drama, and proves Rupert Goold's Almeida does things differently. There is undoubtedly an audience for a transfer.

4 stars.

Nb: During the interval, I chatted with Henry Goodman about the play, leaving it till the end to tell him how much I liked his Arturo Ui. Actors are like wild horses, and you must approach gingerly if you intend to stroke one. :)

#300959 A View From The Bridge

Posted Samuel on 16 April 2014 - 10:24 PM

Well I am definitely getting my ticket for this after Parsley's glowing review! ;-)

Another eloquent review from Steveatplays too. I hope I can nab a good seat before it gets sold out.

#300955 A View From The Bridge

Posted Parsley on 16 April 2014 - 09:46 PM

If there was an interval within the first 40 mins

I would have left

There was not

And I stayed

I think it was intentional


During the final 20 mins

My toes were curling in anticipation and dread and excitement and horror
All mixed together

Phoebe Fox is a truly wonderful actress

The whole cast are breathtaking

The staging is inspired and thrilling

I don't really like this play

The plot (in the modern day and to me) feels dated and a bit unbelievable

This production makes the themes universal and removes the setting making everything horribly believable

You ALL must attend sisters

At the end I saw on my ticket the price


I clapped even harder

So blessed we are to be in London and witness this sort of miracle

Makes life worth living and going to the theatre worthwhile

#300836 The Importance Of Being Earnest.

Posted Honoured Guest on 15 April 2014 - 06:24 PM


#300825 The Importance Of Being Earnest.

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 15 April 2014 - 06:03 PM

View Postwickedgrin, on 15 April 2014 - 06:00 PM, said:

No I don't think it is clear either!

I am assuming "The Bunbury Company of Players" are an amateur village hall society? Therefore can we expect an "amateur" production of "The Importance" (albeit hilarious) of forgotten lines, late entrances, scenery falling etc. Or suddenly are these "amateurs" going to recreate a National Theatre Production?

I am clearly thick! Hey ho!

I don't think they're amateur. More a professional company who have been on the road for a long time...

#300821 The Importance Of Being Earnest.

Posted wickedgrin on 15 April 2014 - 06:00 PM

No I don't think it is clear either!

I am assuming "The Bunbury Company of Players" are an amateur village hall society? Therefore can we expect an "amateur" production of "The Importance" (albeit hilarious) of forgotten lines, late entrances, scenery falling etc. Or suddenly are these "amateurs" going to recreate a National Theatre Production?

I am clearly thick! Hey ho!

#300820 The Importance Of Being Earnest.

Posted Ryan on 15 April 2014 - 05:54 PM

View PostHonoured Guest, on 15 April 2014 - 05:37 PM, said:

The Bunbury Players are fictional. It's not just the press release: this frame also features on the newspaper adverts, in the ATG booking website's description of the show, and presumably also on posters.

I must say I wouldn't class myself as daft but I must admit to being a touch confused.  Let's take Rosalind Ayres for example.  Is she:

1. Playing a new character (let's call her Mavis) who is playing Miss Prism, OR

2. Playing a fictional version of Rosalind Ayres playing Miss Prism?

#300818 The Importance Of Being Earnest.

Posted Latecomer on 15 April 2014 - 05:49 PM

It is not at all clear! Here is what it says on the website for Aylesbury.  I for one would have booked thinking it was a straight performance of the play. Just looks like the actors are being a bit pretentious giving themselves a name! I think it could be made a bit clearer without ruining the fun!

The Importance of Being Earnest Overview
Oscar Wilde’s much loved and brilliantly witty masterpiece The Importance  of Being Earnest stars The Bunbury Company of Players comprising Rosalind Ayres (Outnumbered, New Tricks, God and Monsters), Niall Buggy (Uncle Vanya, Dead Funny, Aristocrats), Nigel Havers (Downton Abbey, The Life of Rock with Brian Pern, Coronation Street),  Martin Jarvis (Endeavour, Law & Order: UK, Titanic), Christine Kavanagh (Basket Case, Vera, Manchild), Cherie Lunghi (Passion Play, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, The Manageress) and Siân Phillips (Marlene, The Age of Innocence, Cabaret), in a new production directed by Lucy Bailey (The Mysteries, Fortune’s Fool, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used To Be), designed by William Dudley (Fortunes Fool, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used To Be, Titus Andronicus) and the company writer is Simon Brett (the Charles Paris and Fethering series of novels, The Strangling on the Stage).

The Importance of Being Earnest is known to elegantly lampoon the hypocrisies of a Victorian society and opens as two bachelors, the dependable, John Worthing, J.P. and upper class playboy Algernon Moncrieff, feel compelled to create different identities in order to pursue two eligible ladies Cecily Cardew and Gwendolyn Fairfax. The hilarious misadventures which result from their  subterfuge; their brushes with the redoubtable Lady Bracknell and the uptight Miss Prism results in a plot that twists and fizzles with some of the finest dialogue to be found in theatre.

#300811 The Importance Of Being Earnest.

Posted Ryan on 15 April 2014 - 05:32 PM

View Posttheatreliker, on 15 April 2014 - 10:24 AM, said:

Does it say which characters they're playing somewhere?
I believe Nigel Havers is Algernon, Martin Jarvis is Jack, Sian Phillips is Lady Bracknell, Cherie Lunghi is Gwendolen, Christine Kavanagh is Cecily, Rosalind Ayres is Miss Prism and Niall Buggy is Reverend Chasuble according to broadwayworld.com.

#300754 The Importance Of Being Earnest.

Posted Emma.G.Clarke on 15 April 2014 - 10:44 AM

I don't think it does, perhaps the theatre haven't released the info yet. I can only assume that Sian Phillips is playing Lady Bracknell and Havers and Jarvis are Algy and Jack, not sure which way round that would be though. Perhaps Havers is Jack because he's billed at the top?

#300177 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 11 April 2014 - 08:41 PM

View PostSteve10086, on 11 April 2014 - 07:48 PM, said:

  Still no Upper Circle!

Bloody hell! At my calculations (and I have UNDER estimated) they r losing 20,000 per performance this not bring open (if it were sold out, granted) which is 160,000 a week.
So since open they have lost out on at 1MILLION it not being open!

Now I'm not slagging it off and as much as I was disappointed with it I can appreciate why others like it but how long (genuine untrolling question) could a production support such losses before having to close/move/take massive action?

I reject the idea the Cowell will keep this going just to keep face - u don't get as rich as him without being very shrewd and his name isn't actually connected to the piece on the promo stuff so it being pulled won't do his rep any damage

#300137 Chocolate Factory Musical

Posted Jon on 11 April 2014 - 03:30 PM

The Andrew Lippa concert is a short run which suggests that the summer musical will come shortly after it