Victor/victoria, The Vault, Southwark Playhouse
Posted 01 November 2012 - 04:55 AM
Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:48 AM
But since the topic of uncomfortable seats has come up may I nominate the two theatres that always send me home in agony following an evening in their seats?
The Linbury (ROH) and the Baylis (Sadlers Wells). Both subsidised places so finance is no excuse.
You cannot expect fringe theatres operating on a shoe string under a railway arch to provide perfect facilities either.
Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:51 AM
But with specific regard to Southwark Playhouse and other "fringe theatres operating on a shoestring" no, of course I don't expect "perfect facilities", nor would I do so anywhere, as the seating surely isn't the point, the production is. What I do however yearn for - note I don't even say "expect", because it's a pipe dream - is seating which is not so inadequate that it leaves me writhing in discomfort, concerned about disturbing others, unable to concentrate on the performance and feeling in need of a trip to the osteopath.
And just to make point out that I don't merely whinge whilst doing nothing about it, I did donate what was for me quite a large sum of money (compared to the cost of tickets at this venue) a year or two back when Southwark Playhouse asked for contributions towards better seating and I hope things will improve at the next two locations.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:14 AM
I thought Anna Francolini and Richard Dempsey were terrific leads who found what truth there is to find in this frothy concoction. And the fluid staging kept things moving at such a breathless clip that one didn't pause to ask questions about credibility and motive and irrelevancies like that. The much maligned score turned out to be a lot better than I remembered it - but maybe it was the style with which it was delivered.
I have to say that I have never seen a bigger crowd in the Vault - the bar at the interval was absolutely packed - or a more raucously enthusiastic one. The cast were wildly cheered at the end - deservedly so. It was just so much fun.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:41 PM
Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:27 AM
Anna Francolini was superb, as was Richard Dempsey (those legs!) and it is a privilege to watch people like that up close. The whole ensemble were wonderful too.
I agree with Front Row Dress "a five star production of a three star show"; they have truly wrung the most out of this piece, it is slick, funny, elegant & just brilliant.
Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:06 PM
Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:31 PM
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:44 PM
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