Sunday, 7 August 2011
Having managed to get a ticket to the matinee, I was able to see the show again. I'm glad to have seen both performances; last night demonstrated how well the company cope with odd things going wrong, and today showed how well the company can perform when things go right. Last night was spectacular enough that I wanted to see the show again; today was even better. The first-act set behaved itself, everyone's lines were delivered in the right order (the verse order in "For 35 Years" being a deliberate change), and everything worked smoothly. I was sitting next to some well-behaved young children and their mother and grandmother, all of whom seemed to enjoy the show immensely. This is Ruddigore as it ought to be - a parody of every element of classic mellerdramer.