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[Mar. 18th, 2009|11:47 am]
Listen in, listen Ian!
I went to see Oliver! last night and it was great. Rowan Atkinson was a great Fagin, with some brilliant bits of comic business going on, and everyone else in it was good too. The sets were amazing, from the spooky minimalism of the undertaker's shop to the huge London sets that seemed to go on for ever and the excellently claustrophobic thieves' den.

My main familiarity with the show is from the film (although I did once see the show when I was little on a holiday we had in London*) so there were differences I wasn't aware of. The burglary that Bill Sikes takes Oliver on isn't included, but for all I know that's never been in the stage show, and was put bck in for the film. Burn Gorman clearly isn't as good a Sikes as Oliver Reed but to be fair, who could be?

*It must have been about 1978 I think - it was at the Alberry and had Roy Hudd as Fagin but that's about all I can remember. That was a fun holiday - we stayed at the Marble Arch Holiday Inn and did lots of fun touristy stuff - I particularly remember feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square, going to the zoo, going to the Tower of London and I'm sure we saw someone famous in a restaurant in Chinatown, but I can't remember who. I do know that when I was little we once saw local TV newsreader and partner of Roy Barraclough John Mundy in the Connaught Chinese restaurant in Manchester's Chinatown, but that's getting off the subject. I also remember being absolutely fascinated by the Circle Line, and impressed by the huge flagship Marks and Spencer near Marble Arch.

[User Picture]From: pookee
2009-03-18 12:58 pm (UTC)
I am jealous. I really would have liked to have seen Rowan Atkinson as Fagin.
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[User Picture]From: brigbother
2009-03-18 02:42 pm (UTC)
Oh! Some friends of mine travelled down to see this last night, and they couldn't remember the bloke from Torchwood's name, but said it was all really good.
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[User Picture]From: martylog
2009-03-18 04:53 pm (UTC)
Good to hear you liked it - I'm going with my folks and sister for her birthday in May. I hear that Julian Bleach plays the undertaker, which further bodes well!
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