John Logan’s new play ‘Peter and Alice’, currently being staged at the Noel Coward Theatre, is receiving predominantly outstanding reviews, and deservedly because, quite frankly, it is the best piece of theatre I have ever seen.
Lights! Camera! Improvise! Works in the following way: Oscar the director (Jonathan Sayer) has the largest collection of films in the world including that could ever have been made. He invites the audience to mentally peruse the shelves and shout out a situation (based upon a certain theme e.g. disaster, Halloween, Valentines) which the actors will suddenly find themselves in.
Enda Walsh’s new musical ‘Once’ at the Phoenix Theatre is an adaptation of the independent film of the same name. Upon hearing this I was instantly dubious of how well a play – and a musical at that – could accurately convey the complexity of a plotline written for film. However, Walsh has struck gold with a witty script, emotional depth and fantastic cast.
First of all, performance aside, it is worth mentioning just what a phenomenal venue The Old Red Lion Theatre is. With an excellent pub downstairs and a manageable, quirky auditorium upstairs, it is well worth a trip there to see any show.