This presents the Whingers with something of a dilemma.
On the one hand, they were looking forward to seeing Ewan McGregor blacked up for the part in the great tradition of such fine actors as Orson Welles (left) and Larry Olivier (see below) although we can’t work out what part Chiwetel Ejiofor is playing.
On the other hand, the Whingers seem to be sitting on something of a goldmine. Selling their four tickets would apparently net them £,4800.
According to the article “The only tickets left for the 12-week run are for day seats and standing places. Donmar’s box office prices range from £15 to £29 for the production but online the average price for a resale ticket is £1,220.”
However, looking at eBay, someone in Pwllheli is selling two in an auction which ends in less than 24 hours and the starting bid is just 99p. These tickets have a few days to go and at £46 are a relative bargain.
On the other hand, this pair has three days to go and is currently at £255.
Hmmm. What to do?
Well, is it any good as a play?
According to the Donmar’s website, this is what the play is about:
Defying society in order to pursue her heart, Desdemona marries Othello, a Moorish General, and follows him to Cyprus where he must repel the threat of Turkish invasion. Iago, a junior officer tormented by his lack of promotion, sets out to destroy their love and manipulate Othello to serve his own ends.
On that basis, it’s not really pushing the Whingers’ buttons, we have to admit.
We’ll have to think about it.
In the meantime, here’s a photo of Larry and Maggie Smith to accompany the National’s archive version of Kenneth Tynan’s “The Actor and the Moor”