After the half-way mark, so a quick round up of my theatre going this year. Choice to favour small, local companies and avoid the big players after some horrors last year is paying off- lots of entertainment and cheaper on the pocket. Trips to the TKTS booth in Leicester Square have also been fruitful.
Ruthlessly leaving at the interval when I don’t like it, or earlier if I can do so without disturbing anyone else, is also a winner.
The Almeida Hamlet is absolutely unforgettable and there have been lots of other highs
My hope for a revival of Lettice and Lovage materialised but I managed to miss it – too much work. I have also failed to book tickets for King Lear with Ian Mckellen and it’s sold out. Bother! Otherwise Obsession at the Barbican-abysmal.
Looking forward to Imperium, Twelfth Night and Christmas Carol at the RSC and cautiously optimistic about Coriolanus. Excited re Robert Lindsay in Prism at Hampstead theatre. Can’t wait to see what Hytner does new theatre The Bridge – Young Marx with Rory Kinnear is up first. Hamilton early January!
I am still waiting to hear who will revive the Globe – Christopher Luscombe, please! I am hoping for changes at the top at both the RSC & National.
And finally, can someone please cast Peter Capaldi as Lear with Clara (I can’t remember her name!) as Cordelia?
(*Full reviews on my blog) 11/10
Hamlet * Almeida & West End Andrew Scott Icke
Richard III* Arcola Greg Hicks Ergen
Mary Stuart * Almeida (x2) Icke
Much Ado About Nothing* RSC, Haymarket Luscombe
Love’s Labour’s Lost* RSC, Haymarket Luscombe
All the Angels* Wanamaker (Globe) Munby
The Ferryman West End transfer Mendes
Persuasion Royal Exchange, Manchester James
(Deductions for physically pushing unwanted speakers off stage too many times and changing Fanny’s name to Felicity)
Don Juan in Soho* Wyndhams (x2) David Tennant Marber
(Deduction for lame choreography)
Ink Almeida Goold
(Deduction for more than anyone needs to know about physical printing process)
Limehouse Donmar Findlay
My Brilliant Friend Rose, Kingston Niamh Cusack Melly Still
(Not keen on bearded toddler or doll puppetry. Thoroughly entertaining otherwise and very clever)
Dessert Southwark Trevor Nunn
Entertaining and good value for money at £20, if a daft play. Fabulous central performance by Stephen Hagan. Chopping off the very daft last 15 minutes would have improved the rating.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Pinter Imelda Staunton
(Who’d stay married to Dolores Umbridge?)
Rosencrantz & Guildernstern Old Vic Harry Potter
(Great performances; ever clever/dull play)
The Tempest RSC Barbican Simon Russell-Beale Gregory Doran
(Incongruous marriage of dated direction & hi-tech special effects. Left early.)
Gloria Hampstead Colin Morgan
(Odd- could work with a re-write. Morgan was brilliant. Note to director -putting mics on actors, who then screech, is hard on the ears.)
(Marks for the jaw-droppingly beautiful opening scene- best thing I have ever seen. Terrible play though and very hard on the ears. Escaped before interval.)
The Treatment Almeida Turner
(A terrible waste of some very good actors. A play about the Sexploitation by the film industry of a real life story, is not best served by a silly, Sexploitative play. Escaped at the interval.)
Obsession Barbican Jude Law
(Another high sex, high shock waste of audience’s time and money. Comically bad except for Jude Law. If only there had been an interval, I would have run away)