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Molonian
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I thank you. aww
Yes, it will be "Much Ado About Nothing". Gladly I wanted to see Richard III or, like you "A Midsummer Night's Dream", but these days I have no time. It would have been funny if my first play had been the same play you have seen.



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Oh, Much Ado... is fun, the relationship between Beatrice and Benedick is great! If you don't mind "spoilers" there's a lovely little clip of Sam West and Katherine Parkinson doing a scene from the end of the play here - I think it was filmed for the Shakespeare walk that was set up along the bank of the Thames for the four century celebration. If you'd rather keep the whole thing a surprise though, watch it after you've seen the play live!

Let us know how you get on, I hope it's fun! Is the performance in English or a German translation?



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It's totally a pity. My Shakespeare in the park was canceled. It is raining the whole time. 
What a bad summer.
Maybe I go to the theater in winter.


-- Edited by Sana on Friday 18th of August 2017 06:40:59 PM

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Sana, I'm so sorry about that, it's a real shame. Outdoor theatre is a wonderful experience - but is dependent on the vagaries of weather, unfortunately!

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Oh what a shame, Sana! I suspect open air performances all over northern Europe have been affected this summer - the actors must be so disappointed as well, all that rehearsal effort and no audiences to show it off to!

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Yes, that is really a pity. However, it is so, that when it rains, the performance takes place in the theater. So it's a pity, but not quite so bad. The theater does not have so many seats and I had only a “beautiful weather ticket”.
So this is on my list for next year.smile



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Well, went to see the RSC "Hamlet" on Tuesday and absolutely loved it. The adaption (in Denmark still but with a modern African tribal setting) worked really well. It also showed how you can make very little scenery work well. The acting was superb - Paapa Essiedu was absolutely perfect as Hamlet, one of the best I've seen. The only jarring note were Rosencransz and Guildenstern, who were played by women. To me, this altered the dynamics between the three of them - especially when one of them jumped up at Hamlet, wrapping her legs around his waist! They also didn't seem to have much personality - although that could just have been in contrast to others in the cast, who were really dynamic.
All in all, one of the best nights out I'd had in ages. We had great seats, too; spot on in the centre of the stage, three rows from the front - just out of spitting range! I picked up a leaflet about a production of "Brighton Rock" which just happens to be on during the weekend of my birthdsy, and yesterday my daughter informed she'd bought tickets for my birthday so 'yay'!

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Ooh, I’d forgotten you were there on Tuesday Ellie, I could have flicked popcorn at you by the sound of it (five rows back, slightly off centre)!


I agree, fabulous production and Paapa Essiedu has just about the best Shakespeare delivery I’ve ever heard, really natural! I hope we see much more of him in future (he’s good in radio drama, too). We saw the broadcast version of this production in 2016 and really enjoyed that, this just confirmed that there’s an extra dimension when you manage to see it live.


R & G should have been one man, one woman but one of them was the understudy on the night (I think it was Guildenstern but confess I, like the characters of the play, tend to conflate the two characters so couldn’t swear I’ve remebered the right way round!) so they both ended up being women. The announcement of the substitution was easily overlooked, the only thing I saw was a sheet of A4 taped up just by the door we went in through.


Hope Brighton Rock is good, I read the novel recently and was amazed how contemporary it feels - you really wouldn’t place it as a pre-war novel I don’t think.

-- Edited by Maghat on Sunday 25th of February 2018 06:29:12 PM

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It sounds like you both had a brilliant time, Ellie and Maghat. It certainly sounds like an interesting interpretation of Hamlet.

Reminds me that I need to start looking at what theatre trips I want to do this year! I think Colin Morgan is in Friel's Translations at the National Theatre this year.

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A friend of mine told me of a little trick she does when going to a London theatre. She buys the cheapest tickets, then looks for the corporate groups and watches to see where they are sitting. She says lots of them just stay drinking at the bar rather than watch the play. She just wants till the last minute then boldly walks in with a group and sits in an empty seat. She's been doing this for over twenty years. We agreed it was a good thing to do for the sake of the actors - filling an otherwise empty seat in view of the stage so the actors don' t feel unwanted! I don't think I would have the courage to do this and would in fact just wend my way to sit in the Gods, but it did made me wonder if anyone else had done this - or would be willing to give it a try!

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Sneeky, but ingenious Ellie! Not sure I would have the guts to!

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I could never do such a thing. I would not have a quiet minute until the last second and could not concentrate properly (hm, maybe that's not the right word, but I think you know what I mean).

I had that from the other point of view. A friend and I came last in the cinema. But we had reserved tickets. And the best in the whole cinema. When we arrived, other people sat on the seats and they had to go now. Now the whole cinema was almost full and the two did not get any seats next to each other. They then had to sit completely outside. I was sorry, but they took the risk and it did not work out.




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Yesterday my daughter, Brigid, and I went to see a production of "Brighton Rock" at the Northern Stage in Newcastle. It was excellent! Oddly enough, the thing we both appreciated (as well as the excellent acting, set, etc) was the costumes - when Rose took her dress off she was wearing a slip, when Pinkie removed his shirt he was wearing a vest. A small thing, but it really added to placing it in time. No nudity (seen too much of that in stage recently). The cast were part of Pilot Thaatre, a touring company based in York. Apparently they aim for the younger audience (!) but as someone slightly outside that criteria i don't think it matters what age you are. It was a fairly small cast, all but those taking the parts of Rose, Pinkie and Ida playing multiple roles, but it worked really well. All I can say is, if it's in your area go and see it, you'll enjoy it.

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That certainly sounds like a great production of Brighton Rock, Ellie. Getting the costumes right really makes a difference in terms of a period setting.

All this reminds me that I should go to my local theatre more often. It get annoyed with myself when people are raving about a play in the local area that either completely passed me by or I forgot that I wanted to see it!

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