Hello! My name is Elder Nick,
And I would like to share with you the most amazing year.
Shivered as my 2013 Show of the Year. But before that let's see what was new, what bizarre theatrical memes kept coming back, and what awards I feel like giving out along the way, pretty much arbitrarily. Seriously, I can barely get excited about the likes of the Olivier or Evening Standard awards any more, with their old-fashioned Best Actor or Best Actress type gubbins, when I've got the likes of Best Nipples to announce.
Writing down what I think about theatre I've seen in That London, whether I've been asked to or not.
Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Monday, 30 December 2013
Theatre review: Protest Song
Friday, 27 December 2013
Theatre review: Meet Me In St Louis
Monday, 23 December 2013
Theatre review: The Duck House
Sunday, 22 December 2013
Theatre review: Peter Pan Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong, but wasn't sure about the title, thinking it seemed a bit blunt and didn't reflect how inventive the farce contained within was. But that title may have turned out to be a stroke of genius that's allowed Mischief Theatre to spin it off into a franchise: Theatregoers in Reading have been seeing what happens when The Nativity Play Goes Wrong, and here in London the company have moved to the Pleasance Islington's main stage, where Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Once again we're guests of the fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who are hoping that their production of Peter Pan by "Jaime Barry" will be more successful than their previous efforts. Or at least result in fewer fatalities. But there's little hope of that with Chris (Henry Shields) still in charge, as well as Playing Mr Darling and Hook. And just in case enough didn't go wrong last time, this time they've got a revolve.
Friday, 20 December 2013
Theatre review: Fortune's Fool
Thursday, 19 December 2013
Theatre review: Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse)
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Labels: Alfred Enoch, Andrzej Goulding, Coriolanus, Deborah Findlay, Elliot Levey, Hadley Fraser, Helen Schlesinger, Josie Rourke, Lucy Osborne, Mark Gatiss, Tom Hiddleston, William Shakespeare
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Theatre review: The Last March
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Theatre review: American Psycho
Alanis Morisette is... special, I reckon it's trumped by Matt Smith's ridiculously buff, frequently scantily-clad regeneration into Patrick Bateman, the titular character of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho. Smith's casting has of course been the only talking point ever since it was announced, rather overshadowing the other unusual thing about this premiere production: The songwriter behind Spring Awakening has turned the blood- and sex-drenched 1980s satire into a musical. When Smith's Bateman is first raised onto the stage through the trapdoor, he's perfecting his tan on his own sunbed. The skin, like the muscles under it and the clothes over it, is all part of the image that has to radiate success.
Monday, 16 December 2013
Theatre review: Drawing the Line
the English Civil War and Chinese political prisoners he turns to the very last days of the Raj, with the 1947 partition of India, and the man charged with Drawing the Line. A respected judge but with no knowledge either of India or of maps, Cyril Radcliffe (Tom Beard) is called upon to redraw the map of the subcontinent. As the British Empire withdraws, India is filled with bloody religious conflict; although many different religions are represented in the country, Radcliffe's job is to divide along artificially simplistic lines: India for the Hindus, led by Nehru (Silas Carson,) and a new nation of Pakistan in the North for the Muslims, led by Jinnah (Paul Bazely.) With all the religious groups spread throughout the country, Radcliffe begins with a blank canvas, but his attempts at fairness will come across pressure not just from political interests, but personal ones as well.
Friday, 13 December 2013
Theatre review: Beauty and the Beast (Young Vic)
Thursday, 12 December 2013
Theatre review: Emil and the Detectives
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Theatre review: The Night Before Christmas
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Theatre review: Fault Lines
Monday, 9 December 2013
Theatre review: Let The Right One In
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Theatre review: Operation Crucible
Saturday, 7 December 2013
Theatre review: Jack and the Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith)
Friday, 6 December 2013
Theatre review: Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory)
Mark Ravenhill's "response" at the RSC, and the research that Ravenhill admitted was necessary before seeing it, I'm starting to feel very familiar with Voltaire's satire on optimism, despite never having read it. Raised on the philosophies of Pangloss, who teaches that this is the best of all possible worlds, therefore everything that happens must be for the best, Candide travels the world seeking his lost love Cunegonde. Beset by catastrophe after catastrophe, he blandly ascribes them all to the mysterious but necessary machinations of a benevolent god. The version of the story now being revived at the Menier Chocolate Factory is Leonard Bernstein's operetta, which has gone through a number of different versions over the years - the one used here is a 1988 text first staged by Scottish Opera, with book by Hugh Wheeler and lyrics by 70% of the earth's population.
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Theatre review: Henry V (Michael Grandage Company at the Noël Coward Theatre)
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Theatre review: Gastronauts
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Theatre review: The White Carnation
Monday, 2 December 2013
Theatre review: The Shape of Things
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