29 April 2010

Posh by Laura Wade

Jeremy - Simon Shepherd
Alistair Ryle - Leo Bill
Rachel - Fiona Button
Toby Maitland - Jolyon Coy
Hugo Fraser-Tyrwhitt - David Dawson
George Balfour - Richard Goulding
Harry Villiers - Harry Hadden-Paton
Ed Montgomery - Kit Harington
Dimitri Mitropoulos - Henry Lloyd-Hughes
Charlie - Charlotte Lucas
Guy Bellingfield - Joshua Mcguire
James Leighton-Masters - Tom Mison
Miles Richards - James Norton
Chris - Daniel Ryan

Directed by Lyndsey Turner & Designed by Anthony Ward.

Seen in the Jerwood Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre. Anthony Horowitz, Toby Jones, Nick Hytner, Rupert Friend and Keira Knightley in the audience.

I saw this in it's raw state a couple of years ago during the Rough Cuts season. It had a wonderful cast and romped along in a manner that could have caused me to wonder about a full expansion being too loose but the material is rich and rattles along at a wonderful speed. It could have been a smug dig and I have to say I do question some of the character names but a quick glance at the double-barrelled actors names puts paid to any concern I should have there. Mr Shepherd is annoyingly smug and self-important but I guess that's the intention. Daniel Ryan was heartbreaking.

Read the reviews here.

07 April 2010

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

David Annen - Provost
Daisy Boulton - Juliet
Flaminia Cinque - Mistress Overdone
Trevor Cooper - Pompey
Emun Elliott - Claudio
Andrew French - Friar Peter
Lloyd Hutchinson - Lucio
Sean Kearns - Barnadine
David Killick - Escalus
Rory Kinnear - Angelo
Victoria Lloyd - Marianna
Anna Maxwell Martin - Isabella
Ben Miles - Vincentio
Mark Monero - Abhorson
Nick Richards - Justice
Jessica Tomchak - Francisca
Tony Turner - Elbow

Michael Attenborough - Director
Lez Brotherston - Design
Seen towards the end of it's run at the Almeida in one of the cheaper side seats with no detriment to my pleasure sensors. Audience member of note - Amanda Root.

Grumped up because my original post went missing in the ether. This is a beautiful production with a set design that would put Busby Berkeley to shame. The script was distilled to perfection, making this romp along at a pace that gave the perfect balance between satisfaction and mild hunger pangs.

The post-show talk did not seem to be made public knowledge (other than on the website) so it was poorly attended but gloriously intimate.