Why new plays? Yes, they have three spaces and one could certainly have a new play in the season but the “National “ theatre should reflect/show off the very best of drama from these islands and from all periods. A showcase. Not a dead case, lots of room for interpretation and so on but the quality should be indisputable not the latest rant from the school of ‘relevant’ speechifying.
Currently happier seeing new work at the National as they have a tendency/need to innovate so much in the name of freshness that the nuances and sometimes the genius of the classic is lost as per Miss Julie.
Having seen A Doll’s House at the Lyric Hammersmith tonight and Antic Disposition’s Macbeth a few weeks back, sometimes less is more, none of these were period but clear diction, great acting and an interpretation that supports rather than sensationalises the themes is more than enough.
Agreed, more Crimp, his last one is my play of the year and cannot see anything beating it in the next few months, I am definitely not tortured enough and would have liked to have seen it more than the 2 times I managed, cannot remember the last time a play made such a strong impact.
No, not disagreeing with you. I think it's doing a good job showcasing new work and its choices have been better than The Bridge. The Royal Court is tiny and tbh I've found a lot of the things I've seen there disappointing - the NT's new plays have been bold even if they don't always come off (btw, I actually liked the badly-reviewed Common and Tortured). If you want Shakespeare and co., there's the Barbican or Globe, and the 19th and 20thc dead writers are always on somewhere.
My view is that the National theatre should represent the totality of our theatrical offerings. That means past, present and future.
New work resonates most when viewed in the context of what has gone before. Old work finds new relevance when contrasted with contemporary reimaginings. And future projects draw on the heritage of what has happened in the past and present.
There is space and time for work of all eras. There is a discussion about balance. But it would be wrong for our National Theatre to focus on just one part.
New writing by existing authors should be part of the mix. But so should plays by dead writers. And there should be opportunities for new voices to emerge.
The only thing the NT must do is focus on quality. That also means acknowledging where things have failed to reach the required standards as well as celebrating successes.
We deserve to see great plays from all eras. A multiplicity of voices not an over reliance on favourites/mates of the current director.
Post by Cardinal Pirelli on Sept 14, 2019 11:02:42 GMT
On The Visit, the English version that has been available by Valency is a complete mess, softening the hard edges and overt theatricality that Duerrenmatt used. Complicite managed to get a good version out of it with the wonderful Kathryn Hunter, though. Hopefully Kushner will put back the anti-realism in his new version. Manville is great casting, so this is a definite must see,
Well yet again, another NT season announcement, another meh from me, the upcoming stuff later next year doesnt excite either. Oh well, i get to save money. No regrets on cancelling my membership last year.
Post by Cardinal Pirelli on Sept 21, 2019 13:42:56 GMT
It was very much worth my time and money, can’t speak for anyone else. Maybe the closest parallel is Van Hove’s larger canvases, such as The Roman Plays. Multiple languages with surtitles, different stories with connections between them, building a picture rather than being heavily plotted. Quite ‘cool’ in its emotional temperature, despite its subject matter, it also had a section which was genuinely one of the most emotional things I’ve seen in a theatre, mostly because of its refusal to make itself too dramatic.