This is an embarrassing, tired and cheap old production.
I found Steele so cringeworthy with his bright white teeth I didn't know where to look. At the palladium they did n announcement to say it was his return to the palladium.. No one seemed to care as the applause had virtually stopped by the end of his first bow.
That was because the audience who clapped were of his age and had gradually died
I see, I guess The Duck House is coming in late November or early December. Its interesting that Nimax will have three shows running at the Vaudeville at any given day since they'll have a kids show in the morning as well.
And on Wednesdays Nica has coffee mornings, Sundays a car boot sale, midnight shows are a possibility pending the outcome of rehearsals for Nica and Kim Posters adagio act
popcultureboy, on 22 August 2013 - 03:38 PM, said:
But it shouldn't matter. The understudy should be good enough for it not to matter. I have countless examples in my theatregoing history of someone being off and the understudy being great enough that I didn't care. Gloria Onitiri is only the most recent example, she is by no means the only example.
Casting understudies is one of the most difficult and sometimes depressing things, there is and always has been a stigma attached to being one I'm afraid, good agents won't let their clients do it hence you rarely get great ones specifically in plays - musicals slightly easier if you're young and wanna be discovered
If people save up to go to the Wolseley - a restaurant perhaps they really want to go to, they order the fillet steak and they get a burger but they have to pay for the fillet steak they would think twice about going back
That's what worries me for the theatre
I was struck by Phantom London running with an older Phantom, which ALW says LND needed, and a LND aged Christine as alternate Christine - it looked like a LND cast in waiting - what happened to the idea of a LND tour?
Most plays are limited run so I imagine they are budgeted so they can recoup on that time. I imagine Macbeth and The Audience recouped and make a profit.
Plays never used to be limited runs, look at Boeing Boeing or art, it's only in recent years the theatre owners, just wanting something in their theatres, whatever it is, paying the rent.
It really did backfire on the audience, who knows Helen mirren might have extended, they might have recast, it could have run for several years but no we got yet another production of private lives