This new version of Uncle Vanya at Hampstead Theatre was much funnier than expected, with director and adaptor Terry Johnson dialling up the humour and bringing a contemporary flavour to the dialogue. I’m pretty sure Anton Chekhov’s original production didn’t have Vanya petulantly snapping “Whatever!” like a stroppy teen… Continue reading “Uncle Vanya / Hampstead Theatre”
Mr Foote’s Other Leg, transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket from its original home at the Hampstead Theatre, was something of a curiosity. Part 18th century theatrical romp, part meditation on mortality, part satire on celebrity, its frequently shifting focus made it a somewhat slippery production to pin down.
And yet!! It did feature Simon Russell Beale camping it up wildly in a variety of extravagant frocks, with a resplendent bosom and knowingly flirtatious pout, like a well-endowed ship’s figurehead. So there were considerable compensations… Continue reading “Mr Foote’s Other Leg”
Firstly, a confession: my name is Gemma and I am a Roger Allam fan-lady. So I cannot make any claim that the following account of seeing Seminar at the Hampstead Theatre in October 2014 is an impartial, measured, cool-eyed examination of a piece of contemporary theatre.
The short version of this blog post is: “Omg, Roger Allam is amazing and god-like in his thespian brilliance”. If you would like the longer version, please do read on… Continue reading “Seminar”