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Brighton Rock (2004-10-Almeida Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Almeida Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Tuesday 05 October 2004
Première : Tuesday 05 October 2004
Dernière : Saturday 13 November 2004
Mise en scène : Michael Attenborough
Chorégraphie : Karen Bruce
Producteur :
Avec : Michael Jibson (Pinkie), Sophia Ragavelas (Rose), Nicholas Lumley (FredHale), Harriet Thorpe (Ida Arnold), David Burt, Neil McCaul, Paul Bentall, Corinna Powlesland, Gary Milner
Commentaires : Graham Greene’s 1938 novel was adapted into a play and then the famous 1947 film starring Richard Attenborough as Pinkie. Although ostensibly an underworld thriller, the story has an underlying challenge to Roman Catholic doctrine concerning the nature of sin and the basis of morality. Pinkie and Rose are Catholics, as was Greene, and their beliefs are contrasted with Ida's strong but non-religious moral sensibility. This musical version was directed by Richard Attenborough’s son, Michael, with music by the great film-score composer, John Barry and lyrics by Don Black. It was, however, a flop, with a general consensus that uninspired music and lyrics added nothing to a dark, disturbing and complex morality tale.

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Playing with Fire (2005-09-Olivier Theatre-NT-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: National Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Olivier Theatre
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre : 40 représentations
Première Preview : Monday 12 September 2005
Première : Wednesday 21 September 2005
Dernière : Saturday 22 October 2005
Mise en scène : Michael Attenborough
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Oliver Ford Davies, Emma Fielding, Kate Best, David Troughton, Geoffrey Beevers, Paul Bhattacharjee, Susan Brown, Trevor Cooper, Rudi Dharmalingam, Nick Fletcher, Colin Haigh, Ranjit Krishnamma, Jonathan McGuinness, Aaron Neil, Bhasker Patel, Alistair Petrie, Helen Rutter, Rebekah Staton, Ewan Stewart, Caroline Strong, Tony Turner, Deka Walmsley, Sameena Zehra
Presse : NICK CURTIS for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "David Edgar's new play is an uncannily timely but thorny work that takes some struggling through." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "While I admire Edgar's desire to explore big issues on public stages and to instruct delightfully, I can't help feeling his new play offers somewhat tendentious explanations for the failure of multi-cultural policies...In short, Edgar's play doesn't quite add up and overlooks the many other sources of racial tension in Britain. But at least it occupies the Olivier stage with a certain bravura in Michael Attenborough's production." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "What [David Edgar] hasn't been able to achieve is a satisfying drama. He hits all the right topical buttons, but for long arid stretches the play resolutely refuses to come to life...There are ideas in abundance, so much clever talk...But of real human drama, and characters you genuinely come to care for, there is little evidence." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Intelligent, balanced and fair...A 23-person cast that includes Oliver Ford Davies as an educated demagogue and David Troughton as the council’s genially floundering leader, is as committed as any cast could be. They left me stimulated and impressed. But excited? Not quite." KATE BASSETT for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Hardly sparks into life at all...hasn't successfully digested and transformed all his material into an engaging drama...this is a peculiarly arid, grey and sprawling piece with too many wooden exchanges and repetitive sections that patently need redrafting. "