31 December 2006

Theatre Index for 2006

▼ December (5)
Don Juan in Soho by Patrick Marber after Moliere
Love Song by John Kolvenbach
The Lightning Play by Charlotte Jones
Catch by April de Angelis, Stella, Feehily, Tanika...
Therese Raquin by Emile Zola & adapted by Nicholas...
▼ November (5)
Drunk Enough to Say I Love You - Caryl Churchill
Scenes from the Back of Beyond by Meredish Oakes
The Seafarer by Conor McPhearson
A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O'Neill
The Cryptogram by David Mamet
▼ October (2)
The Alchemist by Ben Johnson
Pianoforte by Terry Johnson
▼ September (2)
In Extremis by Howard Brenton
Exiles by James Joyce
▼ August (5)
The Life of Galileo by Bertold Brecht
Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan
Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare
Sunday in the Park with George by James Lapine & S...
Under the Black Flag by Simon Bent
▼ July (5)
Savages by Christopher Hampton
tamasha new writing showcase
On the Third Day by Kate Betts
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
Eh Joe by Samuel Beckett
▼ June (8)
Rock 'n' Roll by Tom Stoppard
Market Boy by David Eldridge
Woman And Scarecrow by Marina Carr
A Voyage Around My Father by John Mortimer
The Royal Hunt of the Sun by Peter Shaffer
Southwark Fair by Samuel Adamson
Enemies by Maxim Gorky/David Hare
Smaller by Carmel Morgan
▼ May (15)
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Product by Mark Ravenhill
Dying City by Christopher Shinn
Phaedra by Frank McGuiness after Racine
Exonerated by Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen
Citizenship by Mark Ravenhill
Chatroom by Enda Walsh
Burn by Deborah Gearing
I remember the Royal Court devised by Patrick Marb...
The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Row...
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
A Tribute to Look Back in Anger by John Osborne an...
Motortown by Simon Stephens
Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
Blackbird by David Harrower
▼ April (7)
Rainbow Kiss by Simon Farquhar
Endgame - Samuel Beckett
Members Only
Hilda by Marie NDiaye
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
My Name is Rachel Corrie
▼ March (2)
The Cut by Mark Ravenhill
A Man for all Seasons - By Robert Bolt

30 December 2006

Don Juan in Soho
by Patrick Marber after Moliere

Stan - Steven Wight
Colm - Richard Flood
DJ - Ryhs Ifans
Elvira - Laura Pyper
Peter/Vagabond - Abdul Salis
Lottie/Ruby - Seroca Davis
Mattie/Dalia - Jessica Brooks
Aloysius - Chris Corrigan
Charles - Tim Eagle
Lous - David Ryall

Director - Michael Grandage
Designer - Christopher Gram

As seen in it's premiere run at the Donmar Warehouse

I should know better than to write this while listening to the Best of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue but here goes......

Everything you would expect from Patrick Marber and then some. Every line, every concept a gem and thankfully supported by a magnificent cast. Stephen Wight is one youngster to watch out for in the future. Rhys was glorious. How can a man appear wonderfully camp and yet strangely sexy to me, I do not know?

Sadly, I don't see credit given to the statue which was always a scene stealer - including the curtain call.

Celeb in the audience : Megan Dodds, Ben Chaplin?

28 December 2006

Love Song by John Kolvenbach

Cillian Murphy - Beane
Romy Tennant - Joan
Michael McKean - Harry
Neve Campbell - Molly
James Scales - Waiter

Directed by John Crowley
Designed by Scott Pask

Seen at the beginning of it's premiere run at the New Ambassadors Theatre

Really interesting piece. Is Beane schizophrenic? I don't think so but he enjoys the company of his alter ego or is he just lonely?

This could have been a really dull exploration of the self but it is interspersed with such contrastingly witty interludes that there is hardly time to absorb the more contemplative elements.

Two main settings - Harry & Joan's living room. Beane's bedsit into which he invites (envokes the spirit of?) Molly. Something isn't quite right with Beane and his sister & her husband try to support and solve. His journey is totally different but they notice that while he has 'his imaginary friend' he is happier and more socially acceptable.

So much to think about. I loved the performances with Neve being the weakest. That said, her role is quite a difficult one to get across without seeming too well considered. Cillian is always easier to stomach when he is tousled and bearded. He is always sensitive but also brought a bit of rare manliness to the character which I often have trouble finding when he's all prettied up. Seems like a very nervous, jumpy soul. Reminded me of Ben Whishaw........

14 December 2006

The Lightning Play by Charlotte Jones

Max Villiers - Matthew Marsh
Eddie Fox - Lloyed Hutchinson
Harriet Villiers - Eleanor David
Jacklyn Pettit - Adie Allen
Imogen Cumberbatch - Katherine Parkinson
Burak - Simon Kassianides
Marcus Cumberbatch - Orlanda Seale
Tabby Morris - Christina Cole

Directed by Anna Mackmin
Designed by Lez Brotherston

in it's premiere run at the Almeida

I had the weird feeling I'd seen this before when this started..............and the 'twist' at the end was also no shock to me. I know I saw this plotline recently and it is bugging me to think where.

That said it's a very entertaining piece of writing and in the main, very well presented and performed. Highly recommended.

12 December 2006

Catch by April de Angelis, Stella, Feehily, Tanika Gupta, Chloe Moss, Laura Wade

Andrea/Carol - Lucy Briers
Dean/Graham - Alexi Kaye Campbell
Maya - Kathryn Drysdale
Fatima/Jade - Farzana Dua Elahe
Ree - RIccie Mcleod
Claire - Tanya Moodie
DN - Kyle Summercorn
Casey - Niamh Webb

DIrected by
Designed by

in it's premiere at the Jerwood Upstairs

Some of this was so good and some of it was weak. Some of the performances were wonderful and some were terrible. Tanya Moodie did not seem to be aware that she was in a tiny space and she was really irritating. Alexi was gorgeous and a couple of the youngsters were great especially Kathryn Drysdale.. Lucy Briers was good but she had a good bit of script.

Therese Raquin by Emile Zola & adapted by Nicholas Wright

Camile - Patrick Kennedy
Laurent - Ben Daniels
Therese Raquin - Charlotte Emmerson
M Grivet - Mark Hadfield
M Michaud - Michael Culkin
Suzanne - Emma Lowndes

Directed by Marianne Elliot
Designed by Hildegard Bechtler

Well, I loved this. The performances were wonderful and the set was great. Ben Daniels was so erotic and Charlotte's stoney exterior was incredible. I should also mention Patrick Kennedy who has a naive energy and who has yet to disappoint me