Harold Pinter Theatre
6 Panton Street
(3mins) Take Coventry Street up to Oxendon Road; the theatre is 100 metres along on the right.
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 10th December 2013|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 8th February 2014|
Matinee 12/11/13 - thoroughly enjoyed it .Yes - lots of bad language but you are given plenty of warning of what to expect . It was dark ,moody , threatening and funny - not easy to put all that into one play .The audience appeared to be enthralled - you could have heard a pin drop in the quiet dark moments . Top marks for acting/performance go to Colin Morgan ( who I thought was outstanding) and the best new comedy duo on stage - Daniel Mays & Rupert Grint .Excellent afternoons entertainment .
This was a roller coaster from start to finish, with brilliant music, dark humour and incredible cast that chewed the dialogue to such an intensity bringing alive the 1950s London gangster underworld and spitting it out to a receptive audience who gave them a standing ovation at the end.
I went to see the performance on the 5th November and thought this was a magnificent return to the stage.The tension and pace of the dialogue was breathtaking.The audience were totally gripped by the performances,and the tremendous cast seemed to be relishing attacking the dark situations spiced with humour,great rock and roll and unease as the characters had their loyalty tested.Really impressed by Rupert Grint as Sweets who is making his theatre debut.He and Daniel Mays as Syd Potts form a hilarious duo at the heart of this twisted tale set in the London gangland underworld.A gleaming raw piece of theatre.Great buzz and comments in the audience in the foyer afterwards.So glad I travelled up to London from Dorset to see it .It has lost none of it's power.
The "characters" are unbelievable and much of the dialogue takes us nowhere. Yes, they are well known actors but blimey, don't they know it! And, with the exception of Mr Coyle who looked a little embarrassed at the proceedings, I've not seen such scene-stealing since Messers McQueen, Coburn, Bronson et al tried to out do each other in the Magnificent Seven. The Director shouldn't allow such barnstorming and, if it's in his power, he should also cut the inconsequential lines from the play. Which should enable it to run without an interval.
Yes, the acting was good but the play was just awful. Rarely seen people walking out of a performance before. In the programme it was called a comedy but I like to laugh during a comedy. No laughs here, the swearing was plain boring - "oh yes, we haven't mentioned the c--- word, there are other swear words we have to include", there was no-one you could care about and what Bates from Downtown was doing in such rubbish I know not. Why revive a play that should be dead and buried?
It is hard to pinpoint why this was so bad. The actors were good and the jokes individually were quite funny. However it was awful! All the characters were unbelievable, theres was little story and I was desparate the gangster to come and put them out of their misery.