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#271641 Open Court/ Mint

Posted Parsley on 06 July 2013 - 06:46 PM

I know that Mint is finishing tonight, but I saw it yesterday evening and simply had to post how extraordinary Sam Troughton in in this play.

I think the weekly rep has improved with each week that passes and I also feel the plays are getting more structured and complete as a whole.

I shall miss the ensemble when the 6 weeks are up.

Also went to the "Playwright at your table" and ended up in the basement (I think under the stage of the JTD).

Was really anxious to get a "good playwright" and was really surprised (and pleased) to get James Graham, who read one of his early plays. I had been a bit worried I would not be able to pay attention for 90 minutes but I needn't have feared.
It was funny, entertaining and most engaging...and the playwright was lovely too!

Lovely way to spend a morning and nice to get a (small) insight into theatre from a completely different perspective.

The plays downstairs may not have been the fastest to shift tickets (which I think just shows how ignorant audiences are of new work) but (for me) the Open Court has been a massive success and is totally in keeping with the RC manifesto.

#271617 The Ladykillers

Posted Deal J on 06 July 2013 - 11:15 AM

I missed this one first time around and saw this new cast earlier in the week, it's great fun! The set is amazing, and although I'd love to have seen Peter Capaldi I thought John Gordon Sinclair suited his role very well. The whole cast are great, Ralf Little particularly excellent.

#271609 9 To 5 The Musical - West End

Posted Viserys on 06 July 2013 - 07:31 AM

I saw 9 to 5 when it first opened in Los Angeles - I may have a soft spot for it because it just happened to be the musical I was able to catch while on holiday in California, but I enjoyed it alot and would like to see it again in the West End. I don't know the (low?) values of the current touring production but the musical itself is at least alot fresher with new songs than many other shows clogging up the West End. So why not?

I don't get the hate for Spamalot either - I think it's a very funny clever little show, again with mostly new fresh songs. Aren't these vastly preferrable to lame concoctions like Bodyguard that just slap a movie 1:1 on stage and add pre-existing songs or shows that were conceived with dollar (or pound) signs in producers' eyes like Viva Forever? The latter proving that the public doesn't swallow every kind of crap set before them.

I'm not happy about Thriller clogging up the Lyric either (probably because it's such a "prominent" theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue which deserves the same kind of high quality plays as the Apollo and the Gielgud next door), but I can see the attraction of such a dance show for tourists who want to spend an evening at the theatre and are worried about not being able to follow a musical (let alone a play).  And let's face it, the West End is as much a tourist attraction and "seeing a West End show" on tourists' bucket lists as visiting the Tower or do a ride on the London Eye.

I think right now there's plenty of interesting stuff on and so much more to come in the next months. Let's also not forget that 2012 was a bad year for new shows because all the producers were worried about the Olympics. Hence the deluge of new shows now.

PS: Everyone bashes cheap touring productions, but at the same time love the equally cheap-looking overpriced "Once" - sorry, don't get it.

#271575 9 To 5 The Musical - West End

Posted Jon on 05 July 2013 - 09:01 PM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 05 July 2013 - 05:48 PM, said:

It is true that the west end has become a graveyard where cheap looking shows with awful production values- Spamalot , Thriller ... Can clog up a theatre for months in place of higher quality shows. It's really depressing. The west end should stand for excellence and quality in EVERY theatre.

It is pretty sad that the Playhouse has become a theatre for hosting cheap shows like Petticoats and Spamalot, same with the Lyric which is a great playhouse stuck with Thriller for what seems like a long time.

#271551 9 To 5 The Musical - West End

Posted MrBarnaby on 05 July 2013 - 05:48 PM

It is true that the west end has become a graveyard where cheap looking shows with awful production values- Spamalot , Thriller ... Can clog up a theatre for months in place of higher quality shows. It's really depressing. The west end should stand for excellence and quality in EVERY theatre.

#271537 9 To 5 The Musical - West End

Posted Parsley on 05 July 2013 - 05:10 PM

If they price it well (£10, £20 and £30) it might last a few months.

It is evidently a cheap touring show (designed for that very purpose). It provided nice diversions when I saw it in Richmond.

Thinking to even bring shows like this into the WE is what is rotting away at the core of musical theatre.

#271536 The Pride (Trafalgar)

Posted Parsley on 05 July 2013 - 05:00 PM

View PostJamiem, on 05 July 2013 - 03:29 PM, said:

Greed again
But is  jamie Lloyd's season not only rivalling his mentors at the coward but surpassing it?

In terms of casting I would hardly say the Trafalgar Season is surpassing anything in the WE (let alone the MG season).

The Macbeth was sold out for one single reason and I think Peter and Alice (despite being a terrible play) created as much as (if not more) of a ticket demand.

It was that very Macbeth that was the most disappointing and underpowered that I have ever had the misfortune to see (having seen it at least 9 times). It ruined my favourite play for life.

The production quality and standards at Trafalgar Transformed are actually below that of The Donmar yet the prices are up to 6 times as high.

Fine that JL has been "tutored" by and worked with first class directors.

Yet what is he offering that is exciting, or fresh or new in this WE season?....nothing as far as I can see.

Personally I do not think he has the skill or vision to offer a truly rewarding WE experience and is much better off in theatres like the NT and Donmar.

And if they are trying to compete with "names" in the WE then (IMHO) that has also been a massive flop.

Nothing to rival Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Jude Law and Daniel Radcliffe.

In all respects the Trafalgar season has been underwhelming, unglamorous and boring and from the outset it seemed like a pallid copy of other various "seasons" that directors have mounted.

And the venue is absolutely revolting.

I would have had much more interest and favour if they had presented a well priced selection of new plays (but that might have been too brave) in the vein that The Donmar did in studios 2.

#271521 The Pride (Trafalgar)

Posted Ruperto on 05 July 2013 - 04:06 PM

I totally agree with Parsley that they are taking the p*** with a) the pricing of this, and B) the potential unavailability of the lead actress for nearly a month. It's a play I'm quite keen to see, and I enjoyed The Faith Machine at the Royal Court, but the date I had in mind falls during the period when Hayley Atwell may or may not be there...

Also, I would have thought that in terms of the economics of the thing - ie ticket sales - it would have been much better to do a Grandage and open up the booking yonks in advance, so they get in the cash from people like me nice and early. I'm sure I'm not the only one on here who's already got quite a lot booked up for late summer and autumn, and my diary - and bank balance - may struggle to accommodate this. Making an announcement in early July about something that opens in early August, just when loads of people are going on holiday, seems really weird to me - are they on some kind of commercial deathwish??! You could probably get away with it if it was a play starring Jude Law/Cumberbatch etc. Anyway, good luck to 'em. (I'm sure I'll still end up going...)

#270768 The Drowned Man

Posted pepem on 29 June 2013 - 06:18 PM

That's funny, but be careful that level of humour will probably get shot down on here.

#270557 Disneys The Jungle Book Premieres In Chicago

Posted Titan on 27 June 2013 - 06:55 PM

have to say from some of these photos i really like the look of the route they are taking with it


#270453 A Mad World My Masters

Posted xanderl on 27 June 2013 - 05:13 AM

It's an updated and trimmed version, not sure how radical the changes are.

There's no "it's" in the title incidentally: perhaps you are getting mixed up with "It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world!" ;)

#270012 Chimerica - Almeida & Harold Pinter

Posted xanderl on 24 June 2013 - 11:02 AM

I enjoyed this a lot but I think it could have been shorter - just cut the odd scene here or there (there were a few subplots that didn't really go anywhere) and have a brilliant 2 hour 30 minute play!

#270176 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted Titan on 25 June 2013 - 02:36 PM

Its not just about that (after all The Bodyguard seems to be doing a Ghost), I think in the current climate people want more fun and escapism shows than heavy going shows. If you want romance you have Phantom, you want epic you have Les Mis.  Not sure there is the demand for another romantic melodrama style show.

If the reviews and word of mouth are good though it could do well.

#269957 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Spoiler Thread

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 23 June 2013 - 07:25 PM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 23 June 2013 - 06:51 PM, said:

Comparing it to Matilda is so lazy. That's a small quirky show, this is a big family spectacular.
It's not lazy- they're both original musicals based on books by the same author, each with a child protagonist. It's an obvious and credible comparison to make. And if anything, I thought Matilda was more impressive visually than Charlie.

#269739 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Spoiler Thread

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 21 June 2013 - 08:57 PM

View Postitsuckstobeme, on 20 June 2013 - 08:59 AM, said:

The major thing that irked me was the audibility, a LOT of the time lyrics could not be understood.

Yes, I forgot to mention that. It was, esp in the fast numbers (such as Violet's rap number) a mish mash of words.