So what we have here in Remains of the Day is a masterclass in acting, deft in direction and a rightful meditation on an England that so nearly went into the dark. But still, for all that, more of a novel than a play.
Neither Kazuro Ishiguro’s prize-winning novel, or the acclaimed film adaptation, of The Remains of the Day prepares you for the profound tragedy felt after seeing this heart-rending story played out on stage.
Ultimately, Stories might not necessarily be too profound or truly enlightening, but it does speak to the ways in which a plan for life can lead you most astray and I did find it entertaining and impeccably acted.
It’s a sign of the sparky credibility of Nina Raine’s play about a woman desperate for a sperm donor – having broken with her younger, unwilling boyfriend – that half an hour in I started thinking “aren’t women hell!” But later that changes to “actually, it’s theatricals and intellectual creatives who are hell”. It is all very NW3.
The politics may be clumsy but the acting is beautiful at the National Theatre. Make no mistake, Rory Kinnear is a magnificent Macbeth.
A whole lot of post-apocalyptic hurly-burly and sadly not much more besides – the National Theatre’s Macbeth really is something of a red-trousered disappointment.
Here at the National, as with many other attempts, the production’s vision lacks real purpose and fails to engage with the complex motivation of Macbeth himself, leaving him and us nowhere to go.
Why has THE CARDINAL gone so long unproduced? How did director Justin Audibert discover it? Why stage an epic, 19-character tragedy in Southwark’s 120-seat Off-West End theatre?
Ahead of tomorrow night’s Q&A chaired by My Theatre Mates’ co-founder Terri Paddock, production and opening night photos have been released for the Troupe’s production of rarely seen 17th-century classic The Cardinal.
The Cardinal emerges as a revenge tragedy and Audibert’s clear-sighted direction ensures that the intricacies of the plotting is lucid and consistently compelling.
Rehearsal photos and show trailer have now been released for the Troupe’s forthcoming new production of rarely seen 17th-century classic The Cardinal.
Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the director and company of rarely seen 17th-century tragic masterpiece THE CARDINAL on Thursday 23 February 2017. Got any questions? Book tickets to join her for this post-show Q&A.
There’s a madcap edge to David Spicer’s new comedy that spoofs so much of modern England.
Stephen Boxer is Gerry Duffy, a middle aged frog farmer who’s been supplying amphibians for dissection in schools for years, but who recently has become the target of animal-liberation activists.
Raising Martha is a production that has been hit by various casting changes, firstly Morgana Robinson was replaced by Game of Throne’s Gwyneth Keyworth and in a less high profile change Jasper Britton was replaced by Stephen Boxer. The production hasn’t suffered for it.
James Shirley’s tragic 1641 masterpiece, The Cardinal, comes to Southwark Playhouse in 2017, in a new production starring Stephen Boxer and directed by Justin Audibert.