|Booking From:||Saturday, 21st January 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 28th April 2012|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
I am still reeling from the magnificence of the greatest performance I have seen on a London stage this year and probably in any year. Charismatic and mesmerising from the first appearance as the great Callas, the audience became both the audience for the class of yesteryear hanging on Callas' every gesture and the Vaudeville audience overwhelmed by the art that is Tyne Daly's consummate acting. And even those superlatives underplay it. Despite age and nationality and physical differences, Miss Daly was Maria Callas: heart and soul and more soul. Here was truth and beauty: something we could believe in. I applaud the other actors for their skills in both music and drama but this play, a melodramatic, lumbering piece in any other hands took on a subtlety and so many layers of meaning in two hours of wonderment.One moment we were laughing from the effect of a well placed witty reposte and the next minute we were crying because of the hand that life had dealt the diva of all divas. It makes it even more tragic that London theatregoers were robbed of the chance to see Miss Daly's Tony award winning performance in Gypsy twenty years ago but it felt like a privilege of the first order to watch Maria Callas living and breathing before our very eyes. I will be talking about this performance for years to come in the same breath as Maggie Smith's Beatrice because like Dame Maggie, in a word or a phrase or a look only, the whole world and its meanings can be revealed to us in one glance from Miss Daly. Fabulous! Try to see it in the closing weeks of the run and you won't regret it.
AMAZING PERFORMANCE, Best play I have seen in London!
a MUST SEE!
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