Saturday, 19 July 2014

A Literary Day in London .... chapter 4

My literary day in London culminated in a trip to the Old Vic theatre to watch the literary classic "The Crucible". This book was a set piece at school and I was intrigued to see how this would play out as it was being set in the 'round'.
For those not familiar with the story it was written by American playwright Arthur Miller in 1953. It is  a partial fictional dramatization of the Salem Witch trials which occurred in Massachusetts during 1692 & 1693. Miller himself was held in contempt of congress over the content, one that continues to fascinate and divide readers/viewers to this day.
I am a big fan of the Old Vic theatre, which has gone from strength to strength under the artistic direction of Kevin Spacey. This production again bought a big screen name to the stage to showcase their craft. Richard Armitage (Spooks, Robin Hood, The Hobbit, North & South) steals the stage playing John Proctor, suported by a fabulous cast of veterans and newbies.
With the audience surrounding the stage, the lighting, props and cast placement are critical to creating the atmosphere and intensity of this piece,  Yael Farber delivers this with his direction without the fanfare of gizmo's and gadgets often found in today's theatre. This is a stunning piece of theatre, dark, intense and delivered superbly.
I enjoyed this play, however its not for everyone, the first act is 2 hours long and with a break of 20 minutes this play doesn't finish until after 11... it is long, so plan ahead if you need to catch trains.... equally tough going when sweltering in the summer heat!. However it is a superb piece of American literature bought to life in a unique and simple way, with the actors owning and showcasing their skills to an incredibly high standard. Richard Armitage shirtless gets a big tick from me as well!
A great end to an impromptu literary day in London.... chapters 1-3 can be found at the following links;-



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Saturday, 19 July 2014

A Literary Day in London .... chapter 4

My literary day in London culminated in a trip to the Old Vic theatre to watch the literary classic "The Crucible". This book was a set piece at school and I was intrigued to see how this would play out as it was being set in the 'round'.
For those not familiar with the story it was written by American playwright Arthur Miller in 1953. It is  a partial fictional dramatization of the Salem Witch trials which occurred in Massachusetts during 1692 & 1693. Miller himself was held in contempt of congress over the content, one that continues to fascinate and divide readers/viewers to this day.
I am a big fan of the Old Vic theatre, which has gone from strength to strength under the artistic direction of Kevin Spacey. This production again bought a big screen name to the stage to showcase their craft. Richard Armitage (Spooks, Robin Hood, The Hobbit, North & South) steals the stage playing John Proctor, suported by a fabulous cast of veterans and newbies.
With the audience surrounding the stage, the lighting, props and cast placement are critical to creating the atmosphere and intensity of this piece,  Yael Farber delivers this with his direction without the fanfare of gizmo's and gadgets often found in today's theatre. This is a stunning piece of theatre, dark, intense and delivered superbly.
I enjoyed this play, however its not for everyone, the first act is 2 hours long and with a break of 20 minutes this play doesn't finish until after 11... it is long, so plan ahead if you need to catch trains.... equally tough going when sweltering in the summer heat!. However it is a superb piece of American literature bought to life in a unique and simple way, with the actors owning and showcasing their skills to an incredibly high standard. Richard Armitage shirtless gets a big tick from me as well!
A great end to an impromptu literary day in London.... chapters 1-3 can be found at the following links;-



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