Visit London Blog » david suchet Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:06:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 All My Sons at London’s Apollo Theatre Tue, 01 Jun 2010 14:00:14 +0000

If you want to sink your teeth into a story of real depth All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre could be just what you’re looking for.

I saw this play last night and bawled my eyes out (there, I said it!). There are many light-hearted moments throughout but there is a constant underlying tension that bubbles beneath the surface in this bleak yet touching post-World War II story. The script, infused with this tension, encourages the audience to investigate the dark mysteries behind the perfect American family seen on stage.

The cast are no strangers to the stage and screen. Acting-royalty David Suchet and Zoë Wanamaker disappear expertly behind the characters of Joe and Kate Keller and are joined by a talented cast who transform into their close friends and family.

This intimate play is set in the mid-west of the USA and tells the intriguing story of the Keller family and their once-neighbours, the Deevers. Beneath the charm of their American 1940s smiles and laughter lies a stomach-wrenching truth that slowly makes its way to the surface. It is this constant balance between light and dark that holds our attention.

I won’t give away too much, but there were shrieks and gasps from even the back rows of the theatre when the dark truth bubbled to the surface and the play ended. These audible shocks might even have come from Richard E Grant or Mrs Laurence Olivier (Joan Plowright) who we had spotted during the interval!

Like many new productions, the actors could do with a few more performances to really settle in. The large house on set, for example, feels less like an old family home and more like a new prop to which the actors aren’t completely familiar. We don’t get a true sense that this is their home and has been for over 20 years. Perhaps more minor practical interactions with the house (eg. uprooting a weed or checking a wood panel) rather than gazing off into the sunset in a nostalgic stupor would help.

The play is filled with eye-opening moments of pure agony, family love, blind responsibility and gut-twisting realisation that keep the cast and audience enthralled.

I’d gladly watch it again.

All My Sons plays at the Apollo Theatre until 11 September 2010

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Thursday Theatre News: Inspector Extends, Shawshank Closes, and Seasonal Silliness Thu, 05 Nov 2009 16:00:30 +0000 The Shawshank Redemption closes on 29 NovemberKeeping you up-to-date with news from London’s theatres and the West End

We’re pleased to let you know that J B Priestly’s An Inspector Calls is transferring, following its limited run at the Novello theatre this autumn. Book now if you’re looking for a classy theatrical treat this Christmas: Stephen Daldry’s multi-award-winning production is on at Wyndham’s Theatre from 3 December.

In theatreland, where there’s one superb success story, there’s generally an early closing to add to the mix. And so this week, we bring you news that The Shawshank Redemption will be closing on 29 November. (It had been booking until 14 February.) Similarly, Prick Up Your Ears, which originally starred Matt Lucas as Kenneth Halliwell, has also announced it will close three weeks early. The play’s struggled since the departure of Lucas, and despite good reviews for Con O’Neill, ticket sales haven’t sustained the show.

We can also tempt you with long-range news this week. Our mouths are watering at the prospect of seeing David Suchet (Poirot to you and me) and the wonderful Zoe Wanamaker in Arthur Miller’s classic All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre in May next year (such a long wait – it’s not fair!).

And we’re also excited about the next instalment from The Old Vic’s Bridge Project. Stephen Dillane, Michelle Beck, Christian Camargo, and Juliet Rylance, following her famous father into Shakespeare, take on two of the bard’s plays from June next year. Sam Mendes directs this tasty cast in As You Like It and The Tempest. Kevin, you’re spoiling us.

Finally, silly season is nearly upon us with pantos and kids’ shows galore. And little sounds sillier than Stephen and The Sexy Partridge at the Trafalgar Studios. “Ever had a problem that really only a partridge could solve?” asks the show’s blurb. “And a sexy one, at that?” We’re not sure we have. But that doesn’t mean we’re not fascinated by Mighty Boosh director Cal McCrystal’s Christmas show, opening at the end of the month, featuring “bagpipe-playing potatoes, revolutionary hens, and dancing swans, and a love between one man and his bird.”

More next week…

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