Well as the temperature in London is rising my heart is sinking; I'm en route to The Union and last time it was much cooler than this and boarder line unbearable in the auditorium. It's had better be worth it but I adore Salad Days and it's been getting good reviews. Trouble is, I'm going on to the Prom this evening and RAH is not known for its air-con either!
I hugely enjoyed this yesterday. If you saw the Riverside Studios version it's not quite in that league but it nearly is and some aspects I enjoyed more. The cast were very strong with only a few reservations about the guy playing Timothy; he was a bit underpowered singing-wise and was slightly miscast dramatically; I feel he should have swopped parts with the guy playing Nigel who was very strong. Jane was excellent. The minor roles were very solidly cast and what a talented MD - not only a great pianist but he also acted, sung and danced the role of the tramp really well. Great costumes (they can often be a bit tacky at The Union) and, although minimal scenery; a few leaves, a bit of bunting and a psychedelic piano; it all looked very handsome and fitted the 'new' space better than anything else I've previously seen.
The show really is bonkers, with quite the most preposterous plot of any musical. It needs playing straight with minimal camping-up for it to work, which is what they did, and then this quintessentially English, ridiculously tuneful and above all, touchingly innocent blossom will flower.
**Temperature update** They had excellent air-con on Sunday and Act 1 was really cool. Act 2 was a bit warmer but more than OK
Saw this today at the matinee. I'd just repeat what tmesis said. It was overall very fun.
We'd booked normal seats but we were asked to sit in the picnic seats, I think because the people still to find a seat would've struggled sitting on the floor.
The picnic seats added to the fun, avoiding the odd high kick and having actors share the seats with us a couple of times.
I have a bit of a mystery I'm hoping someone can help solve.
Before the start we were told the actress who plays the aunt was indisposed and so we'd be having someone else. The aunt showed up near the start during a song with Tim's parents telling him to find something to do. Don't think we saw her again after that but thought nothing of it.
Now I've been looking at the Union theatre's website and found a production photo showing a woman on the phone in a beauty salon. That wasn't in the show I saw today. A bit of research says it was Jane's mother.
Reviews mention a duet near the end with Tim and Jane's mothers, We Don't Understand Our Children. For me today it was a solo by Tim's mother.
I have no recollection of seeing Jane's mother at any point in the show.
I've found an article saying the aunt and Jane's mother are played by the same person in this production so it seems like they cut the mother's part instead of having the stand in play her. Or is it just a coincidence and I didn't see anything different to what others have seen recently?
It hasn't affected my enjoyment at all, I'm just curious if I did see a slightly cut down show and if so what other changes there might have been.
Sounds like the actress who plays Jane's mother/Tim's aunt was indisposed, so they covered "Find Yourself Something To Do" as she has important lines, but then cut her hairdresser scene when she's being Jane's mother (which is a bit of filler anyway and doesn't do much to advance the plot - it's just her having a fairly short one-sided conversation on the phone which is tittersome but not hilarious) and made "We Don't Understand Our Children" a solo when it's usually a duet (but most of it is sung together, so it's not a big change and wouldn't be much noticed).
Those are probably the only real changes. The song sung by the nightclub singer is usually done by the actress playing Tim's mother I think, so I assume that remained? The rest of the plot is mainly the principles.
I'm really glad you enjoyed it though - such a lovely show.