June 11th, 2011

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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

I saw this film for the first time today and it is brilliant! It is so funny. And I was privileged enough to see it on the big screen with an audience so I saw it as a shared experience (which is how, in my humble opinion, films should be seen).

I loved Christopher Lee as Mycroft - in fact, I think he has gone right to the top of my list as my favourite Mycroft of all time. He really embodied for me the British establishment and the Civil/Secret Service of the day (and now for that matter! - move over Sir Humphrey!).

Quite a decent length Q&A followed the screening with BOTH Mark Gatiss AND Steven Moffat (yes Steven came too, and Sue, and Ian!). I took notes and I will do a write-up as and when I get the time (I am very conscious that I have yet to write-up the Nick Hytner talk at the V&A). I know that there is more interest in the Mark and Steven talk, and very few people could come to the screening and the Q&A as it is a small cinema, so I will prioritise this write-up (no promises though!).
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One Man, Two Guvnors, National Theatre

Photo credit: http://www.london-attractions.info/london-blog/2011/one-man-two-guvnors-starring-james-corden-at-the-national-theatre.htm

I can describe this production in three short words - fun, fun, fun! I loved the band. I loved the physical comedy. I loved the slapstick. It was very funny. And I loved the surprise right at the end of the first half!

The current run is sold out but the new booking period will open soon so, if you get a chance, do go and see this production. It is bright as a button.

It is also a good contrast to the two shows currently on at the Cottesloe - The Holy Rosenbergs and London Road. They are both outstanding, but they are both serious, thought-provoking, intellectual and intelligent pieces of theatre.

This is just a good old fashioned great night out at the theatre!