Comments on: Your Views: Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/02/your-views-jerusalem-at-the-apollo-theatre/ Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:06:16 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 By: Zoe J. Griffiths http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/02/your-views-jerusalem-at-the-apollo-theatre/#comment-5469 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 11:01:55 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=6381#comment-5469 Really interesting points, David. I’ve spoken to lots of people about this show, and nearly everyone seems to have something different to say about it. Someone I know thought of it as a “light comedy”; another person thought it was deeply moving, and quite sad…

I can’t say I agree with you on the “compensating charisma” – I thought Johnny had it in spades!

I don’t think Old England was full of derelicts either – but I can see that modern England has some, and I really enjoyed Jez Butterworth’s suggestions that this particular one is tightly bound to our strangely English heritage.

As for the Professor – isn’t he a device? Partly for comedy, partly to voice some of the philosophical, historical aspects of Butterworth’s script?

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By: David Irvin http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/02/your-views-jerusalem-at-the-apollo-theatre/#comment-5452 Sun, 28 Feb 2010 23:32:49 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=6381#comment-5452 Briliant acting by Mark Rylance, very funny First Act. But ultimately the play loses direction and fizzles out. Rooster does not have the stature of a Falstaff, in fact is a very unattractive Lord of Misrule. Fundamentally he is a self-aggrandising failure, sick at heart, morally discredited and short of what might be compensating charisma. This is a hugely entertaining play, but to claim it as anything more is deluded. I don’t think Old England was full of derelicts like this. This does not seem to me to be a morality play. I want my anti-establishment plays to have a more invigorating alternative ! And can someons tell me what is the point of the Professor ?

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By: Claire http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/02/your-views-jerusalem-at-the-apollo-theatre/#comment-5171 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:02:09 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=6381#comment-5171 I thought it was great, Mackenzie Crook missed a trick not mentioning “Pirates of the Carribean” as one of the floats in the parade though!

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