Lyttelton Theatre, National
(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat
|Booking From:||Friday, 13th January 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 2nd June 2012|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.15pm. Sunday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 30 minutes|
I'm baffled at the flood of negative reviews this play has received. It is fun, energetic, poignant, beautifully presented and the acting is superb. Damien Molony's comic timing was wonderful to behold and the characterisation was very good. The play had a certain momentum and not once did I find my attention drifting. Please go and see it. It's a treat.
Please go to see this show. It was amusing and clever, and was professionally performed by a hard-working and energetic cast. Who cares if it's not factually accurate; I went to see a play not a documentary. Damien Maloney stole the show. His portrayal of the charmingly naive film-maker was a delight and his comic timing, masterful.
Complete waste of money, time and effort for audience members who came far to see such a awful show. Actors changed from different accents which confused the audience, making the performance look like a complete shambles. The pace of the performance was as fast as an 'asmatic ant carrying heavy shopping'. The only postive of the production was the twenty minute interval, where people escape the torture that was on stage.
It wasn't as bad as some reviews here and in the media make it out to be. Entertaining and funny at times and clever in its presaging of many of the conflicts which riddle the theatre: censorship, art v entertainment, voracious producers and so on. It's not a history lesson so it doesn't have to be historically accurate any more than Shakespeare's plays are. The Hollywood scenes are a bit laboured and the Russian ones might be cliched but the audience still enjoyed it and would-be ounters would be well-advised to see it for themselves and make up their own minds.
Overall a bit of a let down especially considering the pedigree of the Director and Antony Sher.
Acting and set excellent but the story line weak especially in the second half. We kept wanting them to hurry up and move on.
Sorry National not your best production recently.
Attended the play on the opening night, January 11 2012;
The actors did their best but this new play is a disaster I am very sorry to say this but it looked like a school performence of class 3 of the local comprehensive! Waste of time and money, much ado about nothing really......
Film was NOT invented in Russia but in France and the U.S.A. and in this country
Jews in Russia around 1900 certainly had other worries.....
The characters are made of cardboard
Drs. Eliezer Kropveld
Jewess educational historian, Hilversum Holland
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