Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
It would be more interesting if we were allowed to see some proper emotional underpinning: clearly Tony needs his big brother, and not only for somewhere to live.
With Kathy Burke’s imprimatur attached as director, my expectations were high for Sam Bain’s The Retreat although everything else about the writer was unknown to me.
Set entirely in a one-roomed hut in the Scottish Highlands, The Retreat tells the story of thirtysomething Luke, who has quit his high-powered City job to become a Buddhist. But just as he is settling down to a bit of chanting and meditation, his karma is ruffled by the unexpected appearance of Tony, his older brother.
Peep Show co-creator Sam Bain’s first play, The Retreat, opened at London’s Park Theatre this week and carried huge promise from the outset.
Kathy Burke is not a woman you’ll often see on the red carpet of a West End press night. She doesn’t enjoy the photographs and expectations that come with it, and she’d much rather see her comps go to those who are struggling to afford West End prices.
Ian McKellen and Ian McDiarmid headline Park Theatre’s new winter 2017 season, which also features a never-before-seen play by Kevin Elyot and revivals of Daisy Pulls It Off and Joe Orton’s Loot.