London Theatre "Weekend" - A Report

Feb 10th, 2005, 09:49 PM
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And one more thing, in "The Woman in White" there is a particular "special effect" done with the projection "scenery" at the climax of the is get ready!!!!
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Feb 10th, 2005, 10:09 PM
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It was in no way intended to criticize Intrepid1. I was just suggesting to Ira that $25 is not the usual price for a burger,fries and a shake.

Intrepid1 - Thank you for a great report. As mentioned, no offense intended. One of the joys of my trips to London is the theatre so I always enjoy the theatre reports. I was there 3 months ago and miss it! Can't wait to get back. Thank you.
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Feb 10th, 2005, 10:29 PM
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Oh, believe me, I didn't take it as criticism. In fact, when we left the place we both said that this was a rather PRICEY meal which consisted mainly of burgers and fries!!!! Kinda ridiculous, actually. We are usually pretty "reasonable" about trip costs and tend to "splurge" more on hotels and a lot less on food. The night before we ate at one of the Slug and Lettuce establishments.

Overall, I'm glad the report was somehow informative and helpful to you.

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Feb 11th, 2005, 01:57 AM
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nonnafelice: do whatever you can to get tickets for Part 1 !!! I thought it was better. We saw people queuing up for returns before the 2pm start and at least one party got them. I asked the girl on the desk how far in advance people start queuing & she thought about 2 hours. Or for a better chance, the NT website mentions day tickets being available from 10am each day. I don't know how early people start queueing for them but perhaps if you rang the theatre they could advise.

Intrepid1 : the day we went, the sutitles were only in Part 1 ! We thought it was a bit odd, as it wouldn't cater for people with hearing difficulties who wanted to see both parts in one day. BTW I have always had an ambition to stay at the Covent Garden hotel, since the days (many moons ago) when I used to work nearby. I'm glad to hear that it is nice !
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Feb 11th, 2005, 02:09 AM
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To be brutally frank, any hotel that charges as much as they do OUGHT to be nice. I don't mind spending big bucks for a place to sleep but I appreciate value for dollars spent no matter where we go.

I hope you'll take the plunge and stay there sometime. After our trip it is going to be hard to even consider staying anywhere else but as I am sure you know, there are many wonderful hotels in London and they don't all cost an arm and a leg. We have usually stayed over in Mayfair, always close to a tube stop and also usually within walking distance of places we like to hang out in (I could spend DAYS in Fortnum and Mason if only because it is such a pleasant experience; not to mention all the stuff on Jermyn Street).

More than anything now, however, I'd like to see more stuff at the National; if we weren't already scheduled to go to France, Spain, and on a Med. cruise this coming July-August I'm sure we'd opt to be BACK in London poor exchange rate or not. And then there are all the OTHER parts of the country we have yet to see. So many choices and so little time!
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Intrepid1, thanks.

Things at the National are generally very good. We usually visit London about 4 times a year nowadays & at least half the time our visit is prompted by something at the NT. Last year we saw 'Ther Permanent Way' & 'Stuff Happens', both by David Hare, & they were both worth the trip. Not being able to see everything there is one of my few regrets about now living in Edinburgh.
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Feb 11th, 2005, 05:43 AM
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According to my London theatre news, Michael Ball (a really fine musical theatre actor) is now under contract to play the count in Woman in White for six weeks from Feb. 22. At the end of that time Michael Crawford is hoping to return to the role (in early April) until his original contract runs out at the end of May. Apparently Mr. Crawford is suffereing from a very acute "influenza virus".
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Feb 11th, 2005, 06:10 AM
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We are going to a Friday night performance, and I see that there is a performance the night before. On your recommendation, I will try to see if we can get a shot at day tickets for Part 1 of HDM on that Thursday, although I don't want to spend too much time queuing, since there are a lot of other things we want to do in London!

Interesting that you liked Part 1 better. The only reviewer I recall that distinguished between them preferred the second part.
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nonnafelice: good luck ! Maybe part 2 just had less of a 'wow factor' when we'd just seen part 1 ? Don't miss the exhibition on the same level as the Olivier cloakroom - small but interesting.
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Feb 11th, 2005, 06:45 AM
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Frankly, I'm beginning to think there is something a little fishy with the Crawford thing. An "acute influenza virus" shouldn't be hanging around that long...or perhaps it is the recovery period after the thing is over that's taking the time.

IMO the role is as much about appearance and movement (lots of padding in the costume; lots of posturing..almost like comic opera) as it is about the voice...I loved this guy!!!
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Feb 11th, 2005, 07:44 AM
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Thanks for the thoughtful report, Intrepid1. And you saw Alan Rickman?! Swoon...
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Feb 11th, 2005, 07:53 AM
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Very interesting theatre reviews. Thanks.
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Feb 11th, 2005, 08:33 AM
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Another vote for Part I over Part II of His Dark Materials - it just blew me away when I saw both parts last December. The girl who played Lyra is actually Irish, so that's why her West Country accent didn't quite ring true - I still thought it was a great performance though. Plus, I was really delighted that my favourite character - Iorek - lived up to his description in the book. Youshould do all you can to get hold of a ticket for Part I - you won't regret it.
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