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Psst, Laura! Tell you what, count me in. I'm flat broke but I deny myself all the time and I'm still broke, so I guess it doesn't make much difference, does it.

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I'll text you Jane.  In the meantime, here's the link.  November to December. Let me know if there's any dates you'd like to do. I can't do Wednesdays .  Tuesdays would be good for me. 

http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/let-the-right-one-in/?tab=1



-- Edited by Londonlaura on Monday 29th of July 2013 06:10:26 PM

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Wow!  This is selling out pretty fast.  Jane, have a look at this date, there's £16 & £22 tickets left. Send me a DM

 

https://secure.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/let-the-right-one-in/book/?performance=5161



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Took my daughter and her friend to see Hairspray at Bristol Hippodrome last night as a birthday treat (her treat...not mine!)  It's not the type of show that I would normally consider going to see, but I took her to see Lion King back in the spring (for reasons....again not my choice) and was taken by surprise by just how much I enjoyed it.  The production was absolutely amazing.  I knew she'd love to see Hairspray, so thought we'd give it a go. 

I can only say that she is still buzzing....! 

Have you ever been sitting in the middle (well...ok - we were at the back!) of an audience which all jumps to it's feet for a standing ovation and is cheering wildly, and you just think 'hmmm, I suppose I'd better stand up or it'll look a bit churlish'.......?  Well - that!!!

Don't get me wrong...it was OK - I didn't dislike it.  I have spent considerably worse evenings in a threatre.  And I was obviously in a very clear minority....so if it's your thing - don't let me put you off!!



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I'm with you, fifi. I was a bit underwhelmed when I saw the stage version of Hairspray. It was a bit of fun, sure, but the film comes across so much better. The story comes across more coherently.

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We enjoyed Hairspray when we saw it with Michael Ball as Edna Turnblatt (is that the right name?) It was right at the beginning of the run in the West End so was very fresh.

Never seen Lion King as it doesn't appeal to me. I saw Cabaret with Will Young as the Emcee last September - he is in the touring version which starts at the end of this month. It is excellent - or rather he is!

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I saw Hairspray a couple of years ago in the West End (Brian Conley was playing Edna, and Mickey Dolenz was playing the Dad!) and it was a lot better than I expected - didn't warrant an ovation though, lol! I've only seen the musical version of the film, which was enjoyable enough...I'm intrigued to know how the original film was.

The Lion King I saw with my parents a good ten years ago and it was amazing. I would recommend going Pearl, if only for the costumes and the effects they do for the animals, really quite spectacular.

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Kat, that's the production I saw, with Conley and Dolenz. I enjoyed it, a good laugh, but wasn't swept away.

I vaguely remember the original movie with Divine and Debbie Harry. It was too long ago to really remember what I thought. John Waters' films are nearly always good so it was probably fabulous, just like Divine.

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I live in the States, so I hope it's okay if I talk about Broadway shows on here! I'm going to two in the fall. I'm going to see Romeo & Juliet (starring Orlando Bloom) in October and to see First Date (starring Zachary Levi) in November. Can't wait! Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen are doing plays on Broadway this fall as well, so I'd like to get up and see them as well!

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Ah, Broadway. Saw Jim Dale in Me and My Girl. And Les Mis, for the second time. And Forbidden Broadway! That was all back in 1988. Hope to return to New York one day.

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Squeeee!!!!  I just bought tickets to see Book of Mormon in January.  So excited!  



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You lucky thing!

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Cool Jane. We keep meaning to buy tickets, but never seem to get on at the right moment! I'm hoping to get some for my husband for his birthday...

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Got a spare £20? You'll get change back at The Bush Theatre, Shepherds Bush if you go and see The Herd by Rory Kinnear (turns out he writes too!) It lives up to Patrick Troughton's general description of the theatre - 'people shouting in the evening' - and it's also highly amusing and touching. A family come together to celebrate the birthday of Andy, severely disabled and allowed home to celebrate his 21st. The family's dysfunction is highly claustrophobic and everyone's so caught up with their own dramas they can't see the wood for the trees. It's good stuff.
www.bushtheatre.co.uk/production/herd/


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Way back in Sept (the night before BAFTACymru, and 2 nights before Wordtheatre - is it any wonder I forgot?!) I saw Great Expectations at Bristol Old Vic.  Must admit I wasn't sure about it as a stage production.....but it was absolutely brilliant!

The acting was fantastic....just as well, considering that it was mostly played out on a completely bare stage - I hadn't realised just how hugely cavernous the stage is (it must be as big as the auditorium).  Tom Canton was amazing as Pip - the scenes of Pip as a young boy were retold as memories, and he impressively turned from adult to young boy, and back again, in a breath.  I thought it might be a bit....cheesy - but he was totally convincing!

Adjoa Andoh was equally impressive as Miss Haversham - cruel, creepy and tragic.  And the burning of Havisham Hall - a difficult thing to achieve on stage - was so simply done...and so shocking!

I'm not at all surprised to see this production has recieved some really rave reviews in the natinal press....

 



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Due to London Theatre Direct (and, indirectly, Becca), I won tickets to go and see Perfect Nonsense on Thursday, which is the Jeeves and Wooster play with Matthew MacFadyen and Stephen Mangan.

Neither myself nor my husband are Wodehouse fans particularly (that kind of 20's farce doesn't appeal), but we were both really impressed by the production and the (three-person) cast. It was very funny indeed.

Mangan is a brilliant Wooster - has all the facial expressions down-pat and enough charm to make one warm to him quickly. MacFadyen plays Jeeves (obv!) plus a couple of other parts and Mark Hadfield plays everyone else, so of course it's not just the story that's amusing but how the cast get in and out of each of the costumes; part of the 'twist' (if you can call it that) is that Wooster doesn't realise how it's all set up so is surprised when he's talking in one direction at one character, but in fact there's a second character appearing at the other end of the stage.

All in all, a lot better than I expected and I would definitely recommend it.

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I've seen the posters and have been tempted ... There's too much to see and not enough time or money.

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Kat - would love to have seen that!  Fry and Laurie got me into Jeeves and Wooster...I've read quite a few - they are a pleasant, light-hearted kind of distraction from RL - and I imagine seeing Matthew MacFadyen and Stephen Mangan on stage would be brilliant..

I went to see the Bristol Old Vic Christmas production - the Little Mermaid - on Monday.  I bought the tickets ages ago (£10 preview...the good seats sell really fast!) because their Christmas productions are always fantastic...although I wasn't completely sure about the Little Mermaid.  When I found out it's directed by Simon Godwin - who directed 'If you don't let us dream' - I must admit I was pretty intrigued....the two are poles apart!

The performances were, on the whole, good - the sea witch (Beverly Rudd) and the Prince (Billy Howle) were fantastic - but the little mermaid herself was just a bit....boring! - and it did feel a little under-rehersed at times.  Although the costumes were fantastic!  It retained the darkness of the original Hans Christian Anderson story, but there was a bit of a panto feel to it at times, which I felt rather ambivalent about - it was entertaining, but it didn't really sit comfortably.....

But the stage design was possibly the best stage design I have ever seen!  The first act took place under water (with the 'littlest mermaid' being carried around the stage pretending to swim - sounds naff, but actually worked really well!) and the second act on a boat/dry land, with the surface of the sea featuring in both halves.  A sea swell shaped net which lowered to the floor and rose to the ceiling as the characters rose and sank through the water was simply magical!

I just need to mention Tristan Sturrock at this point - he's been in a number of productions that I've seen at Bristol Old Vic (Peter in Peter Pan, Tristan in Tristan and Yseult and the mermaids' dad in this)...and I think I'm becoming something of a fan....!!

 

 

 

 

 



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Spent a delightful evening at the Royal Court seeing Let The Right One In. Enchanting and disturbing. A big thanks to Laura for suggesting it. They even pull off the swimming pool scene.

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UJ and Laura, glad to hear you had a great time at the theatre last night - I would have loved to see this one. It sounds like it translated to the stage well.

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My grandfather died today and I want to cry.  And I'll tell you why, it probably isn't the reason you think.  I have tickets to see The Book of Mormon Sunday, tickets I've had since August.  All of the shows are sold out and I have decent seats.  It's the only Broadway play that I've ever wanted to see.  And now I have to go stand in the freezing cold for who knows how long at a funeral for a man that I have despised pretty much my entire life instead. 

The only reason I'm going to the funeral instead of the play is because I love my father and grandmother, and they will never understand how much.

 

 

 



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Oh, Jane! Sad LOL! But my condolences to your father and grandmother.

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Sorry to hear that Jane. Over here, the Book of Mormon has an option to switch your tickets, so I'd give the theatre a call and explain what's happened; they may let you change your dates...?

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Aww that's awful Jane. I'm sorry to hear that :(

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Since my birthday is coming up, every year my mother's gift is that I can pick 2 shows to see. Last year it was the mystery of Edwin drood and newsies. This year it's a choice between kinky boots, beautiful the Carole king musical, and pippin.

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My all time fave Hal line (just love the way he says it)

"We've been played! My God! We've been played!"

"Annie's getting hysterical downstairs and I'm not enjoying it"

"kill me. Kill me now. You can tell Annie that I attacked you or something"

"“Were you guys talking about me? I heard ‘clearly gorgeous’” 

 "Yes because otherwise you are quite the catch"

 
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