I saw that they opened up seats two weeks ago and jumped on it. I only needed a single and £40 is in my price range. I've never been to the Young Vic so that will be exciting for me as well. I really love Sharon D. Clarke and amazing that she will give such a vital speech in a classic play.
...and really good availability in all price bands, which isn't going to be the case for long. I wasn't going to bother - after The American Clock and All My Sons I thought I was All Millered Out - but I'm interested to see these actors in these roles, I've an afternoon free in London during the extension on a day there's a matinee, and my FOMO arm-wrestled my Visa card and won. Looking forward to it.
I expect going straight from this to Mamet's 'Bitter Wheat' (seeing it that evening) is going to be... interesting.
I saw it last night. Beautiful production and solid performances that will surely become even more assured as the run goes on (Arinze’ Kene became a bit shrieky in a key scene and I struggled to understand what he was saying). I was out at 10,40 pm.
There tonight (so was Marianne) and this is absolutely stunning! She totally breathes life into this production and makes it seem frankly unbelievable that it was written 70 years ago. Gorgeous set, fabulous music, and simply the most shattering performances I've seen in for ages from Wendell Pierce. Sharon D Clarke gets her moment towards the Act 1 and she gives it both barrels! The whole experience was so rich and so textured, I am gobsmacked that it was still only a preview. All of the cast at the curtain looked overcome with emotion, and I'm sure that that's how the audience felt too. Pure theatre and totally extraordinary.
Needless to say, 5 stars. This MUST transfer so everyone gets the chance to see it!
I was there callum too tonight and I absolutely agree with your excellent review. It was an outstanding production and set of performances. The production is very stylised but that just adds to the play's power and startling modernity. The quartet of family actors were just sensational and it was wonderful that we had such classy singers in the cast as the music added greatly to the emotional impact. You could actually feel the audience hanging on every word it was so good and I was pleased the ecstatic audience response at the end moved the actors so much - particularly Wendell Pierce.
I hadn't seen this before but I thought the casting of a black family really worked, especially in the context of Charley and Bernard being white. These young men would be lost after the war, they would be even more lost as young black men who may have been segregated. Wendell Pierce was a wonderful tragic figure, you can believe as Howard Jr states, that he was never that great a salesman but he seemed a nice bloke. Sharon D Clarke, Arinze Kene and Martins Imhangbe are incredible. Imhangbe feels like a real find.
I only paid £10 for my seat and was worried it would be a disaster but very happy with my upstairs, stage left seats.