20 August 2009

A Streetcar Named Desire
By Tennessee Williams

A Young Man - Jack Ashton
Stanley Kowalski - Elliot Cowan
A Doctor - Charles Daish
A Nurse - Judy Hepburn
Harold "Mitch" MItchell - Barnaby Kay
Steve Hubbel - Gary Milner
Eunice Hubbel - Daniela Nardini
Pablo - Luke Rutherford
Blanche DuBois - Rachel Weisz
Ruth WIlson - Stella Kowalski

Seen in a brilliant seat at the Donmar Warehouse.

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Can theatre get any hotter than this? Elliot Cowan's body was buffed to within an inch of perfection to the point where I did actually find it distracting. Not good in an old woman.

19 August 2009

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Barnado/1st Gravedigger - David Burke
Francisco/Fortinbras/4th Player - Alan Turkington
Marcellus/3rd Player/2nd Gravedigger - Henry Pettigrew
Horatio - Matt Ryan
Claudius - Kevin R McNally
Osric - Ian Drysdale
Laertes - Alex Waldmann
Polonious - Ron Cook
Gertrude- Penelope Wilton
Hamlet - Jude Law
Ophelia - Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Ghost/Player King - Peter Eyre
Reynaldo - Sean Jackson
Rosencrantz - Sean Jackson
Guildenstern - Gwilym Lee
Player Queen - Jenny Funnell
Cornelius/Captain/Priest - Harry Attwell
Members of the Court - Faye Winter/Colin Haigh/James Le Feuvre

DIrected by Michael Grandage
Designed by Christopher Oram

Seen during the Donmar's West End run at the Wyndham's Theatre

Once again, my notes seem to have been lost but I remember finding this a fun production.

10 August 2009

Three More Sleepless Nights by Caryl Churchill

Margaret -Lindsey Coulson
Frank - Ian Hart
Pete - Paul Ready
Dawn - Hattie Morahan

Directed by Gareth Machin and designed by Naomi Dawson.

Snuck into the early evening at the Lyttelton Theatre

I most certainly wasn't in the best frame of mind when I saw this but the performances were wonderful and the writing was tight and challenging.

09 August 2009

Helen by Euripides
in a new version by Frank McGuinness

Holly Atkins - Chorus
Philip Cumbus - Chorus
Penny Downie - Helen
Jack Farthing - Chorus
Diveen - Henry Theonoe
James Lailey - Pollux
Penny Layden - Gatekeeper
Fergal McElherron - Castor
Paul McGann - Menelaus
Rawiri Paratene - Theoclymenes
William Purefoy - Chorus
Ian Redford - Servant
Ukweli Roach - Messenger
Tom Stuart - Chorus
Graham Vick - Chorus
Andrew Vincent - Teucer
Musicians Phil Hopkins, Irita Kutchmy, Dai Pritchard

Directed by Deborah Bruce
Designed by Gideon Davey

Seen in the sunshine at The Globe.

A wonderfully energising production. Lost my notes but that much, I do remember with some great performances.