Posted 06 November 2012 - 12:01 AM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 12:17 AM
Looking forward to this on Monday.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:39 AM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:10 AM
As I pointed out over in that thread Hall himself had Downton's own Michelle Dockery in his own lacklustre production of Uncle Vanya at Kingston. The Downton actors are all pretty low wattage stage presences (save Dame Maggie), especially since Iain Glen was written out. Just by way of idle gossip, one of them is rumoured to be the proud owner of a super injunction against the press - it is always amusing to read the odd little stories they publish about him/her which hints at this.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:24 AM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 12:22 PM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:41 PM
Don't know - shall we have a vote on it ?
Posted 11 November 2012 - 09:12 AM
The production is a non-production - a few props on an empty floor - so it's all on the actors. And some of them come through. First and foremost is Lily James who has to play Nina as a giddy fan girl through the first two acts and yet has the talent to make it work. But when her big I-am-the-seagull moment comes in act 4 she is luminous and amazing. Anthony Howell's Trigorin is also very good and, more importantly, interesting. The Trigorin-Nina scenes are easily the highlights of the play.
Sasha Waddell, as Arkadina, is a good actress but Arkadina is a charismatic diva and Ms Waddell has all the charisma of an understudy. Matthew Kelly is no one's idea of Doctor Dorn. In his hands the brooding womanizer becomes a buffoon and this seriously undermines the performances of those who have to interact with him. Joseph Drake's Konstantin is one note earnestness and deadly dull. Malcolm Tierney's Sorin is a nice nuanced performance though, despite the fact that he seems more like Arkadina's father than her older brother.
The programme is a play text so you get to read what the adaptor, Anya Reiss, has done to Chekhov's dialogue. It's not pretty.
Posted 11 November 2012 - 12:46 PM
You say "Yet another sad attempt to improve Chekhov". Did you like the YV 3 Sisters?
Posted 11 November 2012 - 12:51 PM
Also tagged with Southwark Playhouse, Matthew Kelly
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