Was there last night as well, surrounded by people who left at the interval (including eight people further to my left in the stalls). The good in this is REALLY good (Allam, of course, and also Mitchell and the excellent Joe Armstrong, who really is a dead ringer for his dad), the bad bewilderingly so: Susan Rogers has one scene in the second half that is so risibly performed that one wonders if Polly Findlay was even in the room when it was being rehearsed. Disappointed, too, in Troughton, who gives a shouty, external performance that really does in his scenes with Allam. The minute Mitchell comes in to go mano and mano with our leading man, you can see how it should be done. The climactic coup was fine but I was expecting something a lot more dramatic -- remember back in the day when everything Jonathan Kent directed would end with the set collapsing (his MEDEA, for one)? Now those were the days LOL !!
Also there last night and agree with a number of lonlad 's points, especially the scene with the visiting mother! I largely forgave Troughton because his character's upbringing left him unsure where he fitted in, and emotionally clumsy. The set was rather lovely I thought. Glad I went, although the longer second half lagged a bit.
Went yesterday. I didn't hate it, but I didn't really like it either. Allam is obviously good as ever, and I enjoyed Anjana Vasan as Mary, and the brilliant Justine Mitchell as Janet. It had it's moments, but when virtually nothing had happened in Act 1, I felt they spent an hour and twenty minutes Act 2 trying to make something happen. The ending coup was nice, but unnecessary. Oh, and i hadn't noticed the singers were live till the interval because i didn't look up.... 2 stars from me. It's just not a good play.
I loved this: acting aristocracy, Allam, a Troughton and an Armstrong and Justine Mitchell who smashed it in her two big speeches. I enjoyed the play too and the three act structure. Nicely directed I thought. I especially enjoyed the establishing of the baby as a real character so the ending worked well. Nice to see how it would have worked in the old days cast wise with older man, older woman, three men and two younger women with opportunity fir ingenue.
Are they selling the whole front row? was there sat and there were 8 empty seats there, though since they came and warned us just before it started that not to worry the stage would move towards us but would stop before it decapitated us perhaps they are scaring people off!
I spent a lot of time looking at furniture picking whether I wanted to see an actor's mouth or eyes, both wasn't an option if they sat down and disappeared behind chairs or that wretched stool. When not behind furniture the acting was brilliant.
Being southern and having spent three years at uni in the north being told I was soft I feel I should go add some butterfly ribbons to the headgear of the youngest member of the family as soon as possible.