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Book: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark; Glee)

Music and Lyrics: Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening)

Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis

Director: Rupert Goold (Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre; Enron)

 

Obligatory disclaimer: I have neither read the book nor seen the film so I have no point of reference for this piece.  I debated reading the novel before seeing the musical, but I never got around to it – plus I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to have the source material so fresh in the mind.

I booked this before the casting was announced on the basis that a show about a psychopath might appeal to my husband, who doesn’t really enjoy musicals.  He raised an eyebrow when I told him that Matt Smith (Doctor Who) had been cast as Patrick Bateman and then sat back smugly whilst the Twitter-verse worked itself into a frenzy over their inability to get tickets.

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Book: Hjalmar Söderberg

 

I love Scandi-drama but even I wasn’t sure about a play in Swedish.  Turns out it was pretty good.

Featuring a one-man performance from Krister Henriksson, subtitles are projected onto a black drop above the proscenium arch as well as onto the rear of the set.  The  eponymous Dr is in love with a local woman who confesses to him, during a consultation, that she is unhappy in her marriage.  To save her from her huband’s tyranny, Glas plots to kill him and carries out his plan with clinical attention to detail.

I was worried I would miss the nuances of Henriksson’s performance whilst keep glancing up to follow the subtitles but I need not have.  His performance was so powerful that it transcended the language.  In a starkly bare set, with the most beautiful lighting I’ve seen in theatre depicting the changing seasons, Henriksson roams with restrain showing us loneliness, longing, anger, obsession, desperation and futility.  He switches back and forth between character and I never once lost track – quite a feat!

I’ll admit right now that the sixties is not my favourite music decade (the 70s are – yes, I know I have terrible taste!) and the only reason I went to see this is because Hugo Harold-Harrison is in it.  I fell in love with H3 when he was in Priscilla – you couldn’t have failed to notice his very happy sailor in ♫ Go West ♫. I also saw him play Tick/Mitzi a few times and he was brilliant. As a result I’d pretty much go see him in anything just for a glimpse of that smile :-D

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