Eigentlich… is such a lovely German word that is hard to translate. So, eigentlich I did not want to add another post on today’s 13éme RUE Facebook live with Richard because it has already been reported at Servetus’, Perry’s and Esther’s blogs. But heck, here’s the recording of the live Q&A for posterity.
I watched it live – until the best husband of all barged into the room and I abandoned it. I had to smile a couple of times during the livestream. A new variant has been added to the APG (Armitage Pronunciation Game)
and interesting that a French speaker would resist the frequent temptation to Frenchify the name!, and I thought it was really cute how Richard made an effort to actually look at the camera and connect with the viewers. Sweet!
Anyway, I wasn’t going to get into a post of its own, but then I saw that Kathy had left us a new ode in the comments, so that justifies a post.
I’m afraid I haven’t seen any pro close-ups yet, so the quality remains sketchy at this point.
As sketchy as Richard’s plans. London. Theatre. Spring 2018. And an announcement to be made within the next couple of days. Oooooh, Richard, that’s the best piece of entertainment news I have heard in 2018 so far!
And boy, does it get the imagination rolling. On Twitter I consulted our resident London theatre expert Hariclea immediately to hear what she had to say about the plans. She’s carefully optimistic as regards Richard’s London theatre plans. Carefully because it is actually rather late to be announcing theatre casts for productions that will premiere in spring 2018. According to Hariclea, the big theatres have announced all their coming plays/casts. Where does that leave Richard? Spear-carrying in the back? No way!
So fan forensics to the fore, please. We are looking for a play in London. Given Richard’s international standing and massive domestic success in The Crucible three-and-a-half years ago, I think we can expect him to be cast in one of the big playhouses (Barbican, National Theatre, The Delfont Macintosh theatres), rather than a small one. Or if it is a small one, then it will be a venue that has a reputation for edgy, contemporary productions (like the Donmar, or Almeida where he attended a couple of plays last year). From the list of coming plays we can also eliminate all those that have already announced their cast. Do Richard’s recent follows on Twitter provide any clues? Playwrights, directors, theatres? Hm, no. And if we have learnt one thing from the past, then never to believe Richard’s clues… Yes, he’s been broadly hinting at something where he can sing, but in the live stream he said “musical film“, so I am excluding Abba’s Chess from the list of possibilities (although they haven’t announced their cast yet, either). Yeah, I know him so well…
Mind you – I kind of even *like* the idea. Seminal piece of musical theatre.
No, somehow I think that it’ll be a contemporary, new play. Maybe that is just my own wishful thinking, though. Right at the top of my wishlist is Quiz, which will play at the Noel Coward Theatre (= big venue) and due to start on March 31st (= time enough for rehearsals). Cast to be announced (= still an opening for Richard). It’s written by James Graham, a newcomer to the scene, whose plays have been very successful. I was introduced to his work by Hariclea and watched Martin Freeman in Labour of Love with her in November, and then two weeks later took my son to see Ink (with Bertie Carvel). Hugely entertaining plays, and both of them characterised by intricate and exciting set design. Plus: politically motivated topics in a very contemporary staging (although “period” in part). I can see Mr A fitting very nicely into that.
But hey, that is nothing but *my wishful thinking”. What do you think? And do you care at all? Or do you prefer to patiently wait for the forthcoming announcement? In any case, get your mouse ready and keep your cheque book close by! You may have to fork out for a last-minute trip to London, soon! My bosses will be wondering why I am suddenly so keen to attend all sorts of industry events in London…
Thanks to Kathy for the ode!