I was today in Row M too! I was the annoying one with water, wine gums and cough sweets - very very sorry.
It was a fire drill - someone forgot to say "We're on with The Scottish Play in five..." and the stage erupted in flames. That's not actually what happened (probably). I assume, since it took us an extra ten minutes to get into the building, it was a fire drill, but I was a bit late and have never been gladder for a fire alarm.
Actually, on the note of coughing, given how tempremental most people's throats are at the best of times, let alone in a particularly virus-y February, I thought opening with smoke and incense was perhaps a bad idea.
Anywho, I think I'll post more tomorrow as my thoughts are more with my throat than with the theatre, but I felt a little more hohum about bits of this than most people. There was a lot of very good stuff (McAvoy was ace, Ballard, some nice touches) but a lot that to me didn't work and overall I rather enjoyed it but bits - Lady Macbeth and a couple of what I thought were gimmicks (for example the witches and, actually, the overall setting) - didn't work. Mostly positive though, but some fairly big quantifiers which left me thinking this was ever so slightly more tepid than most people think it. I also had perhaps unfair problems, in row M, with the onstage seats.
Theatrical highlight of the year though - I go to my friends in the back row and say "Not too keen on Lady Macbeth, she felt a bit shouty to me, though that might just be me." As I finish to draw breath, someone down the row said "She was a bit shouty."
I noticed that in some of the newer reviews Claire Foy seems to be receiving more accolades than she did during the previews. I was worried that Claire would never keep up with James' energetic acting. Not that she needed to be as riveting, but perhaps not so low-key that it would create a huge gap between Macbeth and Lady M, which would result in insular characters with a common goal - too contradictory and hard to buy.
Anyone who has seen the play lately could confirm this, is Claire really finding her feet?
I don't know if her performance has changed much since the previews, but for me, she was one of the weaker aspects of the production. I would love to have seen more fire from her, more determination and strength in her early scenes.
OurBoysThePlay, on 06 October 2012 - 05:03 PM, said:
@armadillo - The reason for "the big secret" being an issue for the soldiers is that in the army, such rule-breaking could lead to them being thrown out for conduct unbecoming a soldier. So the stakes are high for all of them.
@everyone - we seem to be getting a bad press from posters on this thread, which isn't typical of audience or press reactions so far, so here is a link to our reviews page where you can see lots of lovely things being said about the play - http://www.ourboystheplay.com/press - and for the typical popular reaction have a look at our mentions on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/.../ourboystheplay
Thank you DefensiveTheatreGuy - I worked out what was going on but because the rule-breaking seemed so minor (to a civilian), I spent a lot of time wondering if I'd missed something, Just like the potential officer missed all the army slang while he was, er, in the army...
As a matter of interest, do people often post negative comments of play's twitter feeds?