Archive for the 'George Bernard Shaw' Category

Review – Pygmalion, The Old Vic

Thursday 15 May 2008

“There must be something radically wrong about the play if it pleases everybody, but at the moment I cannot find what it is.”

Shaw’s comment on his own Pygmalion is one of the few kinds of challenge to which the West End Whingers feel they can confidently rise so they were eagerly anticipating their evening at Peter Hall‘s revival at the Old Vic and – to save precious drinking time later – had already scrawled “too long!!!!” and “squeaking seats” in their notebooks. Read the rest of this entry »

Saint Joan – a case of miSTAKEn identity?

Thursday 19 July 2007

The Whingers are rather concerned that an innocent woman may have been needlessly burnt at the stake. Read the rest of this entry »

Review – Saint Joan, National Theatre

Tuesday 10 July 2007

st_joan_149s2rqso.jpg“How long, O Lord. How long?” is Andrew’s most frequently uttered invocation on arrival at a theatre.

It turns out that he has been quoting Shaw (and St Joan) all along, although he claims not have been aware of the fact? Great minds…?

The Whingers had been dreading this one. Phil even rushed into the National Theatre information desk to ask the actual (as opposed to advertised) running time in the hope of allaying Andrew’s fears.

“3 hours 10 minutes,” was the reply though it had apparently been running even longer. Read the rest of this entry »

Plays are too long, life is too short and actresses are too young

Saturday 7 July 2007

It is a fundamental tenet of the West End Whingers’ philosophy that – on the whole – plays should be less long than they actually are. Life is too short. Even Phil’s.

But thankfully it seems that our message is getting through and we are optimistic that theatre may be on the brink of an exciting new revolution in London.

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