Following a sold-out performance at Soho Theatre in 2019, Ryan Lane brings the acclaimed character comedy of Ryan Lane Will Be There Now In A Minute to Vault Festival later this month. Book your tickets now!
Told by an Idiot’s stage adaptation of Simon Leys’ acclaimed counter to the-great-man-of-history novella The Death of Napoleon though asks the useful question that gels nicely with the common stock of our age of conspiracy theories and ‘fake news’. What if…?
There’s a lot to like about Napoleon Disrobed at the Arcola Theatre, but its focus on getting laughs in individual moments means the narrative arc is neglected. Only a little work is needed to tighten up the script and give the story more substance, as the core ideas are sound ones.
Mainly, Told by an Idiot’s Napoleon Disrobed is an evening of absurd fun; enjoyable, clever and performed with tongue-in-cheek gusto.
Two fantastic things to happen this year included making it on to Radio 4’s Front Row programme to review the Everyman’s The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! (which was so deliciously complex I nearly made this a top six); the other was becoming part of the fantastic My Theatre Mates, the online network set up by leading theatre critics Terri Paddock and Mark Shenton.
Cheerfully serious, uneven and ultimately triumphant, Told by An Idiot’s I Am Thomas, at Edinburgh’s Lyceum as part of its UK tour, is unpredictable, fascinating and occasionally infuriating.
Edinburgh tickets on NTS list:
Big hits and tight flits are among the Edinburgh shows and events announced in the first six months of the National Theatre of Scotland 2016 season.
Kristy Stott, for Upstaged Manchester, rounds up the many Manchester theatrical highlights in May: from The Lowry, the Royal Exchange, the Contact, the new HOME, the Kings Arms and many other great venues.