Dire! More Soldier's Misfortune. David Bamber, who is a wonderful actor, was camper than the proverbial row of tents which fortunately helped to lift an otherwise tedious first half, which felt twice as long as it actually was. Like an other reviewer here I made off into the night at the first opportunity. There were a few young people in the night I went and two teenage black girls actually fell asleep in the front row - which seemed to attract Mr Bamber's curiosity. I hoped that these poor girls did't get put off theatre for life by this awfull production. - rds
23 Mar 07
I agree with all the other reviews, this was an evening of pure tedium, I am sure that this is a good play but this production makes you wonder why anyone bothered to revive it. - Richard Sandler
04 Mar 07
Also agree with the WOS review. Good actors wasted. Proscenium is a terrible idea and the set is generally a dissater. Something has gone very badly wrong with this production. - Philip Bartle
02 Mar 07
I have to admit I chose to see this show partly because I was keen to visit the redeveloped Young Vic but booked before seeing the reviews. David Lan's production owes something to John Doyle but not enough to Nicholas Hytner whose The Man of Mode shows how a Restoration comedy can be staged for a modern audience. The Soldier's Fortune is set resolutely in period but lacks that one essential ingredient of a comedy: it is simply not funny enough, despite the best efforts of a fine cast. However, the Young Vic is now a superb venue and an imaginative set design makes full use of the surprisingly large space. Unfortunately, as the old saying goes, it is not a good sign if you come out humming the scenery. Overall 3 stars because the seond half perked up a bit but one of those is for the Young Vic itself. David Baxter (28.2.07) - David Baxter
01 Mar 07
Clever though it is, the effect of the artificial proscenium is to make the show distant and very slow. Add to this the fact that, for some inexplicable reason, actors with excellent pedigrees turn in performances (almost) worthy of Sutton & Cheam Amateur Dramatic Society and you have a complete turkey. I'm a big fan of the Young Vic, but a production like this is going to put the many young people in the audience off theatre for life. Gareth - Gareth James
01 Mar 07
3 hours of pure tedium. I had no sympathy for any of the characters and didn't laugh once. Thank goodness I only paid £10! - Allison
24 Feb 07
Michael Coveney's review is spot-on. For the first time in years I left at the interval.
Job - Mark Valencia
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