I bought tickets to Speech and Debate solely because of Douglas Booth but during the show, I soon forgot about him in favour of Patsy Ferran, who was the star of the show.
I saw Yerma more than a week ago and I haven’t been able to write a review until now because I was so blown away by it. I didn’t know what to say except ‘wow’, which is hardly the basis of an articulate review so I hung around until I could formulate my thoughts.
I’ve just got back from seeing Nell Gwynn. Last year I saw Gemma Arterton in Made in Dagenham and she was fantastic so I booked my ticket excited to see her onstage again. So imagine my disappointment when I arrived to discover that the actress was sick that night and would not be performing.
I had never seen or read Jean Genet’s 1947 play The Maids, but when I saw the cast announcement – it stars Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes), Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael and Fresh Meat’s Zawe Ashton – I thought it sounded too good to pass up, and then I discovered it is directed by Jamie Lloyd, the man behind James McAvoy’s star turn in The Ruling Class. I simply had to book.
I love Friends, so it is no surprise to anyone that I had to check of The End of Longing and support Chandler Bing, ahem, Matthew Perry in his first time acting and writing for London’s West End. The reviews have been mixed to say the least and friends who have seen weren’t too convinced but I really enjoyed it and I recommend you check it out.
Last night I went to see Photograph 51 starring Nicole Kidman at London’s Noel Coward theatre and I would encourage you all to go. Science is rarely put on the stage and it highlights a piece of scientific history I never knew, so I found it fascinating. It’s only in previews still, so I imagine it will be even better when it officially opens.
I went to see Beautiful – The Carole King Musical on Friday and I simply had to come on here and rave about it because I thought it was brilliant. I had no idea who Carole King was but since it won rave reviews on Broadway, I had to check it out and I’m glad I did. It is a truly enjoyable night out and also pretty powerful and emotional.
Now, Greek tragedies are not really my bag to be honest because they seem far too heavy, over-dramatic and require far too much concentration to be enjoyable. Luckily, this is not the case in Bakkhai, which has been modernised in same parts. Granted, some bits did drag and I did get puzzled in places, but I enjoyed it and that is vastly down to the strong performances by Ben Whishaw, Bertie Carvel and Kevin Harvey.
Reviewing plays, films or music that you feel ‘meh’ or ambivalent about is tricky. With McQueen, I can’t say I hated it, that it was terrible or that I loved it. The play was simply okay and I didn’t leave with any strong feelings about it – which can’t be a good sign surely?