A wonderfully warm hug of a show, perfectly produced and performed – and you know you’re gonna be humming the tunes all the way out of the theatre.
It feels important to recognise what the NT (and the Old Vic) were trying to achieve, though. Queer Theatre looked “at how theatre has charted the LGBT+ experience through a series of rehearsed readings, exhibitions, talks and screenings” and if only one looked at lesbian women, two of the readings were written by women.
Harrowing is barely the word to describe this dramatisation of the way in which the Nazis persecuted gay men in Germany before and during World War II.
Belonging is a public debate with poncy performance chaired by Scottee. Together with a committee of prominent queers he will explore where queer people sit in our society. A boozy, loose-tongued version of Question Time with less middle aged, middle class white men. Come and mouth off on the eve of London Pride.
Atmospheric revival of Harold Pinter’s psychological drama is too long and too elaborate to be genuinely moving.
I do not routinely worship at the shrine of Harold Pinter. I can study, appreciate and accept the menace, the unspoken, the rhythmic near-poetry of dialogue : I have served my time with Existentialism, Absurdism, Beckettiana, every generation of push-theatre-forward shockjockery. Pinter has his place and his heirs (Florian Zeller lately a fine one). Get a great director like Matthew Warchus and a top cast and you have an event, for many an unmissable one. But he doesn’t stir deeper currents in me. For all the skill and faithfulness, what is expressed is too mired in misanthropy, bitterness, bullying rage and shreds of misogyny.
Another week has passed and somehow I still haven’t been to the theatre (damn that day job!), but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a whole heap of theatre news to excite us all. Here are few of my favourite stories
from the past seven days, covering shows including: Sunset Boulevard, Guys and Dolls, Red Velvet, The Caretaker and more…
Daniel Mays and George MacKay will join the previously announced Timothy Spall in Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker, directed by Old Vic Artistic Director Matthew Warchus, running at the Old Vic 6 April to 14 May 2016, previews from 26 March.