The Lehman Brothers May 11th, ’19

london west end

 

Three men, on stage, telling the family story of how the brothers came to America,  from humble beginnings selling “denim”, that new fabric that was undestroyable, to brokeri g cotton, to going to New York and making serious money, over black friday until their firm collapsed. Actors Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles are amazing, portraying each character, including friends, foes and wives and children, never leave the stage, and tell the story in long monologues. It’s brilliant,  but it’s also long. Two intermissions, 3.20 hours, probably not the best choice for the evening before the flight home. But definitely a must see play.

 

 

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Six May 10th,’19

london west end

 

Brilliant. Just brilliant. Henry’s six wives, coming together first in an attempt to find the one who suffered most, then coming together to rage against the restrictions women had to endure , all that with pop music and ballads. Loved it, most of all anne of cleves and her “I’m the queen of my castle”, as she was the only one to strike a bargain with her marriage that was never consumed. Anne Boleyn portrayed as a selfie loving it girl (don’t lose your head) and Aragon (you think you’re gonna get rid of me? Nonono) and Seymour who died giving birth to a son (my stone heart) were just as marvellous as Howard in search of love and the one who might make her complete and finally Parr, who had to give up her love because the king took a fancy to her, they all come to the conclusion that Henry was only so popular because of them. A piece of contemporary fun about serious history. A definite must watch

Rosmersholm May 9th, ’19

london west end

 

Survivor’s guilt. Guilt of being born into privilege. Guilt of experiencing friendship, even love. There is no happiness with Ibsen.

Rosmer’s first wife killed herself a year ago, felled by the desperation of not being able to give her husband a child. Her husband, the pastor  who was not the most passionate man to begin with. So one night the white ghost horse,  a herald of death, manifested and the wife jumped into the river that fuelled the paper mill, causing the water to rise and flood the living space of rosmersholm.

And just when it seems that Rosmer and Rebecca, his late wife’s carer and confidant,  might have a future together, politics and powerhungry politicians strike and – with the help of a revenge seeking newspaper editor whom Rosmer had outed as an adulterer – destroy the last vestiges of hope that might have been. In a valiant attempt to at least save Rosmer, Rebecca tries to take blame, but the newspaper stories have succeeded in their damning work. It’s too late for Rosmer and Rebecca.  There’s a quiet peacefulness when they take to the water amid the whinnying of an unseen horse and the living hall is flooded with water once again.

Needless to say, both Haley Atwell and Tom Burke are riveting in their performances. It’s heartwrenching and magnificent

Stagedooring: a very gracious Tom Burke was tirelessly signing and smiling for selfies. Damn but he is charming, and his wink at me quite sexy 😁

Betrayal May 7th, ’18

london west end

 

They are best friends. Two seemingly happily married guys, their wives friends as well. So when exactly did they grow so far apart that the men couldn’t even play squash together any more. When did their marriages fall so far apart that they didn’t care about their betrayals any longer. It wasn’t one bang that separated them, it fizzled out, slowly, but surely …

Charlie Cox and Tom Hiddleston as the best friends whose marriages were on shakier grounds than they thought were shining at the Pinter. In scenes jumping in time the betrayal takes place, ends, starts, with sparkling dialogue … and a scene at a restaurant where Hiddleston has to rage eat melon and prosciutto but a stray piece of melon slips from the plate and hiddleston , never stopping his monologue, stabs it from the fround with his fork, eats it. Cox watches, starts grinning, Hiddleston grins, then both corps into helpless laughter, the audience applauds. Absolutely brilliant.

Great syage door. Cox did the whole line, Hiddleston just half, still awesome