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Emperor and Galilean, National Theatre
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly

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Oh My F**king God!

I saw this right the way through for the first time this weekend and it is pretty mind-blowing. It is truly epic in scale, vision and ideas covered and I really loved it. There is so much in the play to think about. And Andrew Scott is a charismatic little dynamo who carries the piece squarely on his shoulders and can transfix the whole of the Olivier audience. I will write a proper review in due course, but if you want to see epic grandeur and a play that will really make you think about a whole range of moral and ethical dilemmas, and look within yourself to see how you measure up re integrity and principles and doing the right thing, this is the play for you!

Highly highly recommended! (But then this is the National Theatre, so what else are you expecting me to say?!).

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I'm going to see it on Friday! Can't wait! Have heard only good things about it so far!

You are in for a treat!

Aside from the multitude of moral, political and religious issues that this production raises... on a lighter note I see that young Scottish actor James McArdle (Agathon) has a new fan site. He's obviously made a good impression. :-))

And the play has interesting things to say about friendship. The changing relationships between Julian and his three childhood friends Gergory, Agathon and Peter (Basil in the original Ibsen: I can't work out why his name has been changed) is a microcosm of the overall tragedy. Julian can be sen as an instrument of fate/God or equally the victim of his own indecision/decisions. Nothing is clear cut. I love the contradictions!

I agree wholeheartedly with what you say about friendship. It is really interesting to see the dynamic of the four friends, and what binds them together, and what tears them apart.

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