Phew, another great weekend of theatre – I saw ‘Waiting for Godot’ in Norwich. Vile weather couldn’t ruin it, misleading signposts couldn’t ruin it. Go see, if you have even half a chance, this really is one not to miss. Lastminute are currently doing £15 tickets for the London run, and it’ll be worth every penny. There was a lovely article in the Guardian the other day (I’ll find it and add the link) hoping that X-Men and Lord of the Rings fans would go and see Godot for McKellen and Stewart and then get hooked on Beckett I hope so too, and it was refreshing to read something lauding “celebrity” casting rather than lambasting it like Tim Walker in the Telegraph (see previous ranting post). As I have said before, they are celebrities because they have acted in lots of things, because they are very good actors. See for yourselves.
Next weekend I’m heading down to Bath to see the much-discussed ‘Othello’ with Lenny Henry playing the lead. Really looking forward to it, in spite of my previous bad experiences with Northern Broadsides (see ‘Romeo and Juliet’ review), and very interested to see if Henry can pull off such an un-comedic role. General consensus seems to be that he can, and here’s hoping it’s better than the last ‘Othello’ I saw (see RSC ‘Othello’ review).
Weekend after that, I’m back to London to see ‘Madame de Sade’ at the Wyndham’s. Some trepidation there, as it has been slated across the board, but Judi Dench and Rosamund Pike should make it worth the (extortionate) ticket price, so I shall reserve judgement until then. ‘Inspector Calls’ is all I have booked for May so far, and, oddly, nothing yes in June. Better get cracking on that, as I can’t imagine going a whole month without theatre. Any suggestions?
P.S. Congratulations to all the Warwick people who won awards and were showcased at NSDF.