Oh my freakin' god, that sounds awesome! I must see pictures from tomorrow night! I am jealous. Stupid puritan country. Booo.
It's supposed to be really good. I hope it lives up to expectations!
Oh, gosh, I'm all excited. Can't wait for pics, sounds wonderful!
I've always wondered what a pantomime really is. I used to read about them in British children's books (like the Noel Streatfeild "Shoes" books) and always thought it very odd that people would get so excited about going to a silent play.
You are having way too much fun over there, aren't you?
We weren't sure what to expect, but neither of us wanted to pass up seeing Ian McKellen in drag. It surpassed my hopes. He's brilliant on stage. There was one point at which he was sauntering on to do a solo next to a baby grand piano and he tripped slightly in his high heels. It's a small things, but the way he timed it was just perfect.
I'd say it's about time I enjoyed my life! I feel like I'm finally learning to do so without guilt. It's fantastic.
Whee. What fun. Sir Ian must be such a treat to see.
I was surpised to read that Kevin Spacey was now the director(?) of the Old Vic.
He's a top-notch diva. I'm not ashamed to say that I spent the scenes that didn't include him impatiently tapping my foot. The actress who played Dim Sum (a male character, btw) was also exceptionally good (Maureen Lipman - she was in The Pianist).
Kevin Spacey had the good sense not to attempt to direct "Aladdin." He freely admitted he had no idea what panto was all about, so he offered the director's seat to someone else.
This panto thing sounds pretty cool actually. I live in Copenhagen and at the Tivoli here they show it every summer but I haven't been to one since I was a kid. I bet they're too politically correct to be much fun anyway. Time to do some research me thinks.
Adding you to my friend list here on LJ btw, hope that's alright.
Interesting. I looked up the Tivoli on the web and it looks like the whole park is mainly geared towards children, whereas the Old Vic is an all-ages theatre venue. I think you're probably right about the panto at the Tivoli probably being a lot more tame as a result.
No problem about the f-list addition; I checked out your journal and am reciprocating.
Yeah the Tivoli is one of the oldest theme parks around, if not the oldest. It has rides, restaurants, gambling and theatre. There's some for all ages, but the theatre is pretty timid as far as I know.
glad you enjoyed the panto. it is a thoroughly bizarre institution [especially the 'leading boy played by girl' tradition, which i have never understood as somehow it's not added to the amusement for me, unlike the dame]. do you think panto would ever work in the US?
I don't think panto would work in the US. The closest thing I can think of is the tradition of acting out The Rocky Horror Picture Show while it's playing on screen, and that only attracts a very specific type of person. It doesn't have the broad appeal that panto does here. Theatre in general isn't as popular with Americans as it is here. Americans prefer the cinema, which is a completely passive form of entertainment. I suspect they'd feel that it requires too much effort on their part.
hmm. good point - though it leads me to wonder what future theatre has here as this country becomes more and more like the US in terms of culture. i suppose one could draw a parallel with the rise of 'bands' that do not actually play instruments at the expense of those that do - a more superficial form of entertainment, like cinema compared with theatre.
Hm, I have to say, I don't think you have to worry too much about American-British cultural homogenization just yet. From my expat experience so far, I think I feel safe in saying they're still very, very different.
thank you for that reassurance. i suppose we can't be that much more Americanised than most of the rest of the world anyway.