This was definitely one of the best plays I've seen in a while, all performances were super and the only thing that grated slightly were the audience's knowing belly laughs to the political quips. It's something that will stay with me for a while - the sense of mood and melancholy.
I was in the stalls at D1 with a restricted view although caught 99% of everything - more than fine if you don't want to pay full whack.
I think I would also like to see it again. Trying not to flick a wrong thing here .... What I was saying was that I think Hayley Atwell will become one of our acting dames at this rate, so good. I loved Tom Burke, who wouldn’t? And I would love to see Giles Terera in more classics. Lucy Briers made it look easy but her clarity, timing etc made the link clear between the past and the present. And I hope she starts to get the older woman classic roles now. I loved the way they didn’t stint on the servants. It made it real, the gap between Rosmer’s idealism and his reality. I loved the lighting, the set, the way the set was handled, the chair, the sound effects and the special effect at the end which was possible in a modern production but which was well written in so no doubts there. I loved all the water...in the text and some added in as they took drinks. I loved that they didn’t rush the long speeches both the political and the emotional. Yes, a few laughs at the political but actually I think the audience realised it was seeing something special here, a bloke saw it all over a hundred years ago and found the way to express it. What we need is that way and that recognition. No wonder Ibsen is called the father of modern drama. And didn’t he like the nuances, something of Othello in the way a man comes along and destroys a couple with revelations based on a falsity, here a false morality. More please in the west end. I paid 65 for the ticket, well worth it. I was at the end of row G, just in from row F end with the restricted view but actually if this is cheaper go for it. I say the west end because the NT has obviously given up on this kind of production, the un messed about with classic that still has plenty to tell us and which show how brilliant and how deep our acting talent it.
Thank you for taking the time to type that out a third time lynette I quite agree with your thoughts. It's rare to get a production where everything is so good and compliments each other. Beautiful lighting and set. Acting soo good but made to look easy. Hayley Atwell is just wonderful and yes consistently good, could be for me something I can say I saw when they for ages out and hopefully through a long career like others do for our distinguished dames. I loved her scenes with Lucy Briefs who surely deserves more prominent rules. And servants who were believably real formed characters, I loved the interactions between them all, so much set without lines. Thinking about it makes me smile.
I just looked at the official website one Monday and there were several front row tix at £15. Maybe there's a booking fee on top of that, maybe it's cheaper earlier in the week, I haven't checked back and didn't book (I don't live in London).
Agreed, I thought this was very good - great performances all round (even viewed from the cheap seats!) and the ending was very effective. Yes, the audience laughter was annoying in parts but at times you did just have to laugh as the dialogue is so prophetic of the political mess we are currently in.
I saw this tonight, without any prior knowledge of the story, and it honestly feels like it could’ve been written yesterday. It’s uncannily accurate.
The entire thing flew by & it was all so engaging. The whole cast were fantastic but it’d be a crime not to give a specific mention to Hayley Atwell. I’ve long thought her to be an underrated actress, and now i’m even more sure. She’s incredible.
Was sat on the far side of row D, restricted view. Only cost £25 on Todaytix & was a total bargain. You do miss a bit on the right side of the stage, but not very much, basically just a door & a window. Well worth it to be that close to the stage.