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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:24 AM
However, the Japanese lead actor Masachika Ichimura is truly magnificent in his two final scenes and I think I may always remember them.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:00 PM
What's the running time please? I have to race across London afterwards!
Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:41 PM
You may well enjoy it! The Japanese production, i.e. the design and the music and so on, is very good but I'd have much preferred to see one of their own, fully Japanese shows. This is mostly a dramatised history essay, like Written on the Heart last year, and is less subtle than David Edgar's play. This is a good example of the dire RSC tendency to conceive an outline for the contents of a play and then employ someone to write it for them, ending up with a plodding pageant containing just a few flashes of genuine drama. Other theatres follow the more sensible route of producing plays which playwrights have written from personal impulse.
The published running time has been extended from 3h to 3h 15m but last night it came in at just under 3h, with no delays and no audience reaction to most of the intended humour, etc.
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