Sunday, 20 August 2017

Last 10 things seen at the theatre: #111

21st July to 19th August.

List the last 10 things you saw at the theatre in order:
1. Angels in America: Perestroika (National; Lyttelton)
2. Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (National; Lyttelton)
3. The Ferryman (Gielgud)
4. Hamlet (Harold Pinter)
5. Bat Out of Hell (Coliseum)
6. The Tempest (Barbican)
7. Ink (Almeida)
8. Road (Royal Court)
9. Twelfth Night (Shakespeare's Globe)
10. Something Other Than Everything (Roundhouse)

Who was the best performer in number one (Angels in America: Perestroika)?
I've said it before and I'll say it again - although most of the ensemble did a truly superb job, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett is the cast's MVP (but also shout out to Theatre Twitter's boyfriend James McArdle).

Why did you go to see number two (Angels in America: Millennium Approaches)?
Well I thought about only seeing part two but the National was only selling the tickets for the day in pairs so I supposed I might as well suffer through part one as well. /sarcasm

Can you remember a line/lyric from number three (The Ferryman) that you liked?
"I'm sorry, Mrs Carney. I can see now this is not the time."

What would you give number four (Hamlet) out of ten?
9. I mean, it's still goddamn Hamlet, but it is a really good one.

Was there someone hot in number five (Bat Out of Hell)?
Though she was at best only the fifth prettiest raven I'd seen that day, Christina Bennington still wins the prize here.

What was number six (The Tempest) about?
Oh, just... some man, and the end of his wacky island adventures, or something.

Who was your favourite actor in number seven (Ink)?
The delightful Jack Holden with a silver medal for the marvellous Tim Steed.

What was your favourite bit in number eight (Road)?
Well, although it was peak John Tiffany, I did get a lot of emotion out of the full cast movement section at the end. Someone really should buy John a new box of tricks for his birthday though.

Would you see number nine (Twelfth Night) again?
I see a lot of Twelfth Night as it is. This one was delightful but maybe not repeat-visit delightful.

What was the worst thing about number ten (Something Other Than Everything)?
I could have done without having the loudest laugher in the room sat directly behind me, and an earlier start time would have been appreciated too. 11pm is a pretty late time for any show to finish, especially when I've got to run a mile uphill in the pouring rain to get to my tube station home.

Which was best?
Bat Out of Hell.

Which was worst?
Bat Out of Hell. In all serious, this was a reasonably tremendous batch of shows and I'm not comfortable picking out either a best or a worst.

Did any make you cry?
Maybe only Angels in America actually.

Did any make you laugh?
Most of them, one way or another.

Which roles would you like to play in any of them?
Olivia is still in my Top Five. I'd like to play any role in Bat Out of Hell but only because by extension that would mean I've got the skills to belt out Steinman classics.

Which one did you have best seats for?
Easily The Tempest. I'll take row C stalls for a tenner ANY day. My seat for The Ferryman was worst, but they let me move to the stalls standing space after the first act and my view was ENORMOUSLY improved.

1 comment:

    signed, a serious theatre academic.