Sunday, February 14, 2010

Culture vultures - three plays in three weeks

Last year we went to a lot of music gigs but, as far as I can recall, to the theatre only four times** - and some of those I did not even blog - tut! This year we have already nearly equalled that over the previous three weekends:
  • The Caretaker by Pinter at Trafalgar Studios (Sat 23-Jan-10). Jonathan Pryce was brilliant - like Ian McKellen in Waiting for Godot - he vanished inside the character so the character is all you saw. It made me marvel at the actors' art. Although I am not sure what is was about.
  • The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane at the Garrick (Sat 30-Jan-10). Not so this play which was explicitly about "why are there no openly gay leading men in Hollywood?". A question asked both movingly and entertainingly.
  • The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett at The Lyttleton (Mon 09-Feb-10). Another play that I was not sure what it was about - the Grauniad describes it as "a multi-levelled work that deals with sex, death, creativity, biography and much else besides". Full of Alan Bennett's laconic humour and dry wit. Disconcertingly the man next to me seemed to find it thigh-slappingly, guffaw-out-loud hilarious.
The joys of living in one of the great cities of the world :-)

Hamlet by William Shakespeare at the Novello Theatre (Thu 08-Jan-09)
October by Fiona Looney at the Olympia Theatre (Sat 14-Feb-09)
Where There's a Will by Georges Feydeau at The Rose Theatre (Sat 07-Feb-09)
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (??)

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