February 10th, 2012

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Travelling Light, National Theatre, directed by Nick Hytner

Photo credit: http://exeuntmagazine.com/reviews/travelling-light/

On watching this for the second time today, as part of NT Live, I realised that in my original review I had completely missed out one key strand of the play and the production and that is the love story between Motl Mendl (Damien Molony) and Anna Mazowiecka (Lauren O'Neil).

I always intended to revisit my review. This gives me a good excuse to do just that!

My imperfect review is here, but I will be updating it over the next couple of months:
The reason for waiting a few months is I will be seeing this again at the National, but only when it has returned from its UK tour.

Travelling Light is touring to the following places:

13 – 17 March
The Lowry, Salford

20 – 24 March
Grand Theatre, Leeds

27 – 31 March
Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

3 – 7 April
Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

It returns to the National on 24 April and then continues in rep until 2 June.
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The Recruiting Officer, Donmar Warehouse, starring Mark Gatiss

Photo credit: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/theatre/article-24030360-theatres-new-power-couple.do

Cut and pasted from the Guardian website:

Restoration comedy The Recruiting Officer by Irish playwright George Farquhar was the first play ever to be staged in Australia, by convicts of the First Fleet in 1789. It now notches up another first, being the inaugural production by the Donmar Warehouse's new artistic director, Josie Rourke. Combining strategies both military and sexual, it follows the exploits of the womanising Captain Plume as he scours Shrewsbury for army recruits, and attempts to bed heiress Sylvia; and of cowardly Captain Brazen as he too is toyed with by a scheming minx. Rourke's cast includes Mark Gatiss, Rachael Stirling and Mackenzie Crook.

Previews started today and run until Monday 13 February; Press Night is on Tuesday 14 February.
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Digital Theatre

I am very lucky as I live in London which makes it relatively easy for me to see all the best theatre as it is literally on my doorstep. For those non-Londoners, who are not so lucky, or if for whatever reason it is difficult for you to get to the theatre, I am recommending Digital Theatre.

Digital Theatre works in partnership with the leading theatre companies and arts organisations in the country to bring the best theatre to your desktop or television screen.

It is here:

The current productions you can download are here:

What is good is that you can watch the trailer for the production for free and decide whether you want to buy the production having seen the trailer.

People are obviously going to be tempted by Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate. However, of the productions on the list that I have seen, which includes Much Ado About Nothing, I am recommending Into The Woods with Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, recorded at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park. The production was outstanding and won a 2011 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.
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Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words, Sadler's Wells

Photo credit: http://feastcreative.com/html/portfolio/playwithoutwords.html

I saw this when it was on at the National a number of years ago and it was BRILLIANT. I have now booked to see it at Sadler's Wells where it will be revived as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations for New Adventures.

Cut and pasted from the Sadler's Wells Website:

Chelsea, 1965. Behind the privileged façade of domestic social order lies a struggle for power, territory and sexual domination. In a suave Chelsea home an urbane master and his beautiful fiancée welcome their new manservant, Prentice. What follows will change their lives forever. Sexy, chic and thrillingly original, this dance drama is a spellbinding carnival of seduction, intrigue and power.

Returning for its first revival as part of New Adventures’ 25th anniversary celebration, Matthew Bourne’s Play Without Words was a critical and popular success when it was first produced by the National Theatre in 2002. It now makes its debut at Sadler’s Wells in a strictly limited four week season.

Based on The Servant by Robin Maugham
Inspired by Joseph Losey’s film

Play Without Words plays at Sadler's Wells from Thursday 12 July to Sunday 5 August.

For full production details and to book tickets follow the link:
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Third Star Image

I wanted a Benedict image on the com. I always end up back at Stuart or Third Star. This is a Third Star image which illustrates the adage "A picture is worth a thousand words" to perfection and is an image that I have not run before. As with a lot of Third Star images, it simply takes my breath away:

Photo credit: http://thirdstarfilm.com/about/

Cut and pasted from Wikipedia:
The adage "A picture is worth a thousand words" refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image.