Frannie, so glad you and Y(O)B can still go. I share you annoynace/pain with the situation. It is so, so, easy when booking things online to get the date/time mixed up. I once booked a flight I could have sworn was scheduled to leave at 11:00 a.m. only to discover when I got the ticket it was 11:00 p.m.!
A while ago , I posted about the National Theatre film of the Live performance of its production of 'The Queen'.
Yesterday M(o)B and I were lucky to get Tickets for the 2nd showing of 'Othello' starring the wonderful Adrian Lester as the Moor and an equally towering Rory Kinnear as Iago. Set in modern times and in an army base somewhere hot, its themes of racism, age differences and jealousy are as relevant and powerful today as when the play was written.
I met the tear-filled eyes of other people in the aisles afterwards and repairing our faces in the 'ladies', smiling ruefully at each other. We were not ashamed to be moved by this performance.
Just had to say how thrilled I am that Rory Kinnear got a Best Actor Olivier for his Iago. Truly well deserved .
"Let's go back to our room...I'll make you laugh" Paris, Je t'aime
"Well, I'm here, audience is there, they know I'm here, I know they're there, it would be rude not to acknowledge them."....Dominique > Illuminata
'I want to be the only Tosser involved' ...Rufus...British independent film awards.
on Michael Gambon... 'It's like bunking off with the head prefect. it's like he's the cleverest boy in the class and the naughtiest' ... again at the indie film
Well it wasn't live, but hubby and I went to see the NT broadcast of Frankenstein last night. Like Midoro, we saw the version with Benedict Cumberbatch as the Monster and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein. It was tremendous! The acting, the sets, the direction, everything. The wail in the Monster's voice after Victor accuses him of being a monster - "I am what you made me" - chilling. What's so hard to believe is that this story was written in the early 1800's. It has held up amazingly well. Hubby made an interesting remark as we drove home. He said he couldn't say he enjoyed it since it was sad and basically about the nature of evil. But it was powerful and maybe drama has to be about evil to be that powerful. So happy we got to see it.
The only play I saw in the cinema in The Hague (The Netherlands) was The Audience. Not because of Helen Mirren, but Nathaniel Parker, my other favorite actor was in it. I saw the play in London and when I got the chance to see it again in the cinema, I didn't hesitate even if Nat was only in the play for 10/15 minutes. In 2 weeks time I will be in London to see This House, his latest play. That is also under the banner National Theatre.
Saw Shakespeare´s "Julius Caesar" live at my cinema recently, a production from London´s (new?) Bridge Theatre, with David Calder (Caesar), Ben Whishaw (Brutus), Michelle Farley (Cassius), David Morrissey (Mark Antony) and many more. Great production, though partly loud (civil war with gunshots and lights), and great actors, esp. MF and DM! Part of the visitors surrounded the stage in the middle to play "the people", and there was rock music at the beginning.
In the US (East coast) they will show "Frankenstein" again, and "Hamlet" with Benedict Cumberbatch will also be re-shown at cinemas (don´t know which though).
NTL will repeat Hamlet (with Benedict Cumberbatch), Frankenstein (with him and Jonny Lee Miller) and show King Lear (with Ian McKellen) and The Madness of King George (with Mark Gatiss) in autumn. Venues still to be announced!
Saw King Lear at one of our English cinemas recently, or rather the first part of it, as I was so tired then that I went home before the nearly 4 hours were finished. Ian McKellen was great of course, and I also liked Sinead Cusack as the "Duchess" of Kent.
I saw King Lear last week - it was fantastic and, yes, a bit long. Ian Mckellen was wonderful. I have read that this play is to his last public performance. Not sure if that means he may still do a movie or two or if he's totally retiring but I"m glad I had the chance to see him in this. Lear is one play I'm not that familiar with so it was totally new experience for me. One thing about Shakespeare that I find mind-blowing is that you sit there and the actor will mouth some cliche and you will suddenly realize that line, which YOU think of as a cliche, was written 500 years ago. The impact Shakespeare had on the English language is immense.