I went to the the theatre three times when I was in London. The first play I saw was Much Ado About Nothing, put on by the Royal Shakespeare Company, at Haymarket Theatre. It was a beautiful version of the play directed by Christopher Luscombe, with a wonderful score composed by Nigel Hess. I wasn’t expecting the singing and dancing but it really added to the play and the feeling of joy at the end.
I saw The Bodyguard, with Beverly Knight in the lead role. It was a completely unsubtle spectacle with a minimal plot held together by as many Whitney Houston songs as they could fit in. I did enjoy it, but it’s not something I could watch twice. I loved the lighting. A large part of the show was set in Rachel Maron’s house, and they managed to make it look as if the rooms of the house were being flooded by natural light from large windows.
The final play I saw was The Dresser. The revolving set was stunning. I was so jealous of their ability to create an intimate back stage setting that could turn to become the stage to perform their play within a play. I was conflicted about the acting. Both Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith were excellent but I didn’t feel any emotional connection to the characters. It was a much funnier version of the play, than the one I had been involved with last year, but I felt that the constant use of humour detracted from the emotional content. It was strangely intense watching a play that I knew so well, but I did enjoy it.