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And speaking of the Donmar, I saw A Doll’s House there the other night and am now seriously considering to go and see it again. Not because it was superb or mind-blowing or anything extraordinary; it was good, no more, no less. But what struck me as as I was watching it, was how timely this new version of the play arrived onto the London stage. The setting is moved to early 20th century London and the bank is replaced by the British Cabinet, raising the stakes considerably when it comes to the characters of Torvald and Krogstad (or Thomas and Kelman as they have been re-named). This new story coincides so extremely well with these recent expenses scandals surrounding the MP’s that the whole thing seemed rather like a parody of current ministerial  fuck-ups. I don’t know how else to explain why people laughed at such heart-wrenching moments like when Nora is told the children will take after her moral baseness.  It’ just not on. Although, much of my annoyance with the adaptation was probably aimed more at myself over the fact that I couldn’t really point out when or how much the dialogue deviated from the original. So now I have a copy of Zinnie Harris’ play script to compare with Ibsen’s (geek-warning here, but to my defense it has to do with my dissertation. I think. ).

I had been a little scared about having Nora played by Gillian Anderson, as I thought I would (at the best) sit through most of the performance, hyperventilating, thinking ‘it’s Scully, it’s Scully, it’s Scully’. Unfounded fears it turns out as she was absolutely brilliant and I did not think Scully for one second, not even Gillian Anderson, only N o r a. I guess that’s why they call it acting.

I had similar doubts about Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in Waiting for Godot. Also unnecessary it turns out for two reasons; firstly, I was sitting so far away I could barely make out who was who anyway. Secondly, thinking ‘it’s Gandalf, it’s Gandalf’ was kind of the only thing that I could focus on as the whole Beckett experience had been lost along the way of production. Perhaps somewhere in the process of making flashy websites and pulling mainstream audience with the promise of the two X-men actors on stage together. I’m not saying it was bad acting, it was just bad Beckett.

Anyway, this was how pretty Thomas and Nora Vaughan looked. Velvet and mesh..me like.

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Toby Stephen and Gillian Anderson in A Doll’s House (picture from BBC).

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