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The Kitchen – National Theatre Live – A Disappointment

Posted on 7th October 2011 in National Theatre Live/ odeon/ One Man Two Guvnors/ The Kitchen

I love the concept of being able to see live theatre at my local odeon – think it’s truly inspired and feel very lucky to be able to take advantage of it.

I recently saw One Man, Two Guvnors which I thought was sensational – without doubt the funniest play I’ve ever seen.

Last night I saw The Kitchen. I am genuinely surprised by the glowing reviews I’ve read about it as I found it really quite weak and felt the first ‘half’ dragged on beyond measure. The, albeit well choroegraphed ‘busy kitchen’ scenes just went on and on and on with no obvious purpose – could easily have been a 15 minute scene.

I couldn’t help but notice some empty seats after the interval, it seemed that some people had give up on the play and gone home. I thought about it and actually wish that I had done too.

After the interval the pace picked up somewhat and Paul the pastry chef became a very engaging character. However the scenes between main characters Peter and Monique took a very macabre turn and it became obvious that you were meant to feel sympathy for Peter despite the fact he’d been a bullish, selfish character up until that point.

Monique’s soliloquy about her dream in the slaughterhouse was unbearably brutal and I would imagine that any woman in that audience who was unfortunate enough to have suffered either a miscarriage or an abortion would have gone home feeling quite haunted. In my opinion, it was unnecessary sensationalism to cover an otherwise weak play.

One Man, Two Guvnors – National Theatre Live

Posted on 16th September 2011 in Green Wing/ James Corden/ National Theatre Live/ odeon/ Oliver Chris/ One Man Two Guvnors

Last night I was lucky to be offered a last minute ticket to see One Man, Two Guvnors, a National Theatre Live production which was broadcast to several cinemas throughout the world!

If you haven’t been to any of the National Theatre Live productions I urge you to book now for the next one which is The Kitchen on October 6th. It is an incredible way to see live theatre – to me it feels like getting front row seats.

I can hand on heart say that last night’s performance of One Man, Two Guvnors was the funniest play I have ever seen. It had me in stitches, literally cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard or for so long.

James Corden absolutely astounded me, having never seen Gavin & Stacey all I knew was that he had a reputation of being funny and to be honest my expectations weren’t that high. But by god were they exceeded. James Corden was brilliant and his audience participation pieces were inspired.

Oliver Chris (who I lusted after somewhat during Green Wing) was sensational. His character and his portrayal of that character was nothing short of genius. I truly laughed so much that I cried. His lines and the delivery of them throughout was hilarious.

I loved all the characters, all the acting was superb, the humour was well timed and well observed.

It cost me £12.50 to see this at my local odeon and I offer up huge thanks to whoever had the inspired idea of bringing live theatre to the masses in this way.

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