A decent production of a slightly bland musical – The Hired Man’s 20-30 year span is over-ambitious for the given running time.
The Hired Man might perhaps disappoint those looking for the bombast of a large-scale musical but in its subtle portrait of a slice of social history, there’s something more intriguing and moving here.
This regional UK premiere of Once the musical should see you falling slowly towards Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch in order to book your tickets.
Worth going to Jonathan Church ’s latest Wilde Classic Spring revival – An Ideal Husband – if only for a feast of Foxes: patriarch Edward as old Lord Caversham and his real youngest son Freddie as his stage son Lord Goring.
The enduring presence of the gods in this modern reading of Electra is a circle that is never squared, the potential intrigue of its revolutionary politics are hampered by the reliance on a hero (fresh from the fight), and not even the raucous live music can stop the storytelling from dragging.
Enjoyable performances, but I really do wish there had been less words in Electra at the Bunker Theatre, and more music and sharper storytelling.