June 05, 2005 Archives

05 June 2005

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime

Lord Arthur Savile poster I've been meaning to go to the theatre for ages, but have never really gotten around to it. Part of the problem is that theatre can be quite inaccessible of you don't really know anything about it. Anyway, we decided to bite the bullet, and headed down to see Lord Arthur Savile's Crime by Oscar Wilde at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.

Not having much experience of Oscar Wilde, and not having actually even looked at the flyers before I arrived I didn't really know what to expect. However, the dialogue and plot was easy to follow, and there were some particularly funny moments (especially Barry Howard's hyper-camp Herr Winckelkopf, Royce Mills's absent-minded Dean of Chichester).

The cast contained many recognisable but not easily placable comedy actors/actresses.

It was interesting to observe that the audience seemed to consist entirely of white middle-class middle-aged locals, with very few young people, and almost no asians. I don't know if that was something to do with the play, or more to do with the "high brow" nature of theatre.

Rating: 3/5

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