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September 17th, 2008


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11:54 pm - Hamlet
I can't type properly now because I'm quite shook up, but in a very good way. Very good. I'm literally trembling as I type. I just came back from Hamlet at Stratford. It was bloody marvellous. I was shouting out 'Marvellous' during the ovation. People were standing, shouting, cheering. Must go to bed, though not sure if I'll be able to sleep. Just wonderful.

Anyway, I'm in some crappy meeting all tomorrow morning, but it just won't matter.

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From:tehomet
Date:September 17th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
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You lucky creature. :) *is jealous*
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From:tehomet
Date:September 17th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
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Jealous of the play, not the imminent crappy meeting. Obviously. *G*
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From:communicator
Date:September 18th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
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Meeting wasn't too bad as it turned out. I wish a play like this was like a film and everyone could go and see it.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:September 18th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
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Yay! No mess-ups by stupid fangirls, I assume?
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From:kalypso_v
Date:September 18th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
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My mother's in Stratford this week - I can't remember which day she was seeing Hamlet - but I don't think she's that excited about David Tennant, so it was probably OK.
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From:communicator
Date:September 18th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
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I don't know whether the quality is variable between performances, as I have read ecstatic and more moderate reviews - the latter sometimes by bigger Tennant fans than me. Hope you mum enjoys it - perhaps she was the emotional elderly lady sitting next to me last night.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:September 18th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Probably not; it puzzles me a bit that she keeps going to Stratford, because she once said she didn't like Shakespeare all that much. Triumph of hope over expectation, perhaps - she may be hoping to get it before she hits 90.
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From:communicator
Date:September 18th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
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No, and there were plenty of young girls in the audience, all of whom behaved quite impeccably. The very old lady sitting next to me kept gasping and flinching - tsk, old folks nowadays.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:September 18th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
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We had quite a successful theatre trip with my father (while he had Alzheimer's) when we saw Gorky's The Lower Depths at the Royal Exchange round about 1980. It was the sort of production where people kept flinging each other to the floor, and he responded with excitement to the physical drama.
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:September 18th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
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Wow!

I'm practically all a-shake just reading your impression. What a performance it must have been--because you don't strike me as the type to go all over the top just 'cause a real famous guy is playing the lead.

I'm looking forward to reading more of your impressions when you get out of your meeting and feel a little more verbal about the whole thing.
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From:communicator
Date:September 18th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
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it's hard to judge, but I don't think it was simply the effect of seeing Doctor Who up close. His performance began quite frozen and stunned-seeming (obviously deliberately) and I was a little underwhelmed for the first twenty minutes, and then it just went up a notch and WHAM he was off.
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From:glitterboy1
Date:September 18th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
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Excellent! I'm very glad to hear it.

I hope your meeting went ok.
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From:communicator
Date:September 19th, 2008 10:35 am (UTC)
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Actually it was fine, as it turned out, and I was with some friendly people
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From:matildabj
Date:September 18th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
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You're reminding me of how excited we were after King Lear. So glad Hamlet had the same effect!
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From:communicator
Date:September 19th, 2008 10:35 am (UTC)
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I don't think you dug hamlet quite as much as I did?
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From:matildabj
Date:September 19th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm, I clearly didn't express myself well enough when I posted about it!

Seeing it again in a few weeks' time, wish it was from the stalls.
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From:communicator
Date:September 19th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
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No, looking back you did and I got confused between different people. I wish I could see it again. We were in row D, and my daughter says she could smell him (in a good way) but I confess I could not.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 19th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
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I was with Commentator at the meeting today. Seemed to last forever, but, as ever, her asides made it worthwhile. Wish there were more like her!
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From:communicator
Date:September 19th, 2008 07:16 am (UTC)
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Hee, thanks - BTW I don't know if I told you but I think I left my mobile phone at the theatre :-(
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From:kalypso_v
Date:September 20th, 2008 10:25 am (UTC)
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My mother rang this morning with her report, and she was indeed at the Wednesday evening performance, though probably not sitting next to you as she was in a party. She says it was the best Hamlet she has ever seen, both the play and the character, and several of her party agreed including an elderly professor. Patrick Stewart came to address them the next day, and they were all told to have a question, so she asked how it felt playing "the man who killed you" and vice versa. It didn't sound as if he made much of that, but he did say he very much enjoyed playing Claudius. She also saw the Shrew, which she didn't enjoy, and the Merchant, which she thought quite good.

I'm a bit disappointed I didn't think of booking, now; I had a look, but returns only, which isn't really practical at this distance.
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From:communicator
Date:September 20th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
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Oh, I'm so glad she enjoyed it. I think the technically best I ever saw was Derek Jacobi, but it was so long ago I'm not certain I remember it fully now. This one moved me the most of any I have seen.

If you want to come and stop with us one weekday and try your luck at going down to Stratford and queuing for a return ticket then please do. If you can get two tickets I know a person who would be happy to accompany you.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:September 20th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
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Did you see the Jacobi production with Suzanne Bertish, usually described as "the masturbating Ophelia"? That was a good one.

I don't think I'd come so far on the off-chance, because it's a three-hour journey (four hours door-to-door) and I'd have to arrange for the cats. If the box office had a return in the morning and was prepared to hold it while I caught a train, then perhaps, but if they're giving preference to those standing in line that wouldn't be on.

Edited at 2008-09-20 01:15 pm (UTC)
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From:communicator
Date:September 20th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
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I don't know. It was in the late seventies, in Newcastle.

They do give preference to the line on the day. I know some people on my f-list have got in that way, but there's no guarantee, and I think word of mouth has increased demand.

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