What interests me is the broad range of the productions. There is amazing acting, of course. Going back to Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright. To Maggie Smith and Derek Jacobi. Ralph Fiennes. Benedict Cumberbatch. And then there is a production of Guys and Dolls – one of my favorite Broadway musicals
Adrian Lester, Judi Dench, Andrew Scott, Helen Mirren, Christopher Eccleston, Ian McKellen. Wow.
It makes me think about Richard Armitage. How could he give up participating in British theater? If I was an actor, that is where I would want to be. It is the best of the best. Why would an actor not want to be part of that tradition? I’m not criticizing him, just wondering. As an American, it seems like the highest achievement for an actor to be part of British theater. But what do I know? Most of the actors who are seen in these productions, including all the names named above, have achieved fame in other medium as well as British theater. Film, television. Broadway. A great actor is a great actor.
I didn’t know that Angels in America was first produced by the National Theater. What an achievement! Dominic Cooper and Andrew Scott in the celebration. Of course, I know The History Boys was originally produced there. One of my favorite plays. And Copenhagen.Wow.
There is great theater in America, too, of course. I’ve seen some of it. But as an Anglophile, I guess British theater just speaks to me in a way American theater doesn’t. Somehow even Angels in America seems more powerful when played by British actors.
Judi Dench singing Send in the Clowns. Wow, again. Such an American, Sondheim!, song, but what a performance.
And all we have of Richard Armitage is Pinter/Proust. What the heck?!! We need to see him on stage!!