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Posted: 4/10/10 at 5:06pm
Calm down, moderators! It's the name of the hilarious character played with utter skill by Fiona Shaw in 'London Assurance'.

Whilst it's never going to further the cause of earth-shattering drama, the production is a lovely sugary confection, with two delicious soft centres: Ms Shaw and Simon Russell Beale, putting in an early bid for the role of Mr Toad, as Sir Courtly.

If you want to see a masterclass in comedy timing, hurry down to the National and bribe someone for a ticket!

Just don't join in with the nasty clap-along at the end! National audiences!!!
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Posted: 4/10/10 at 5:10pm
Careful Dev, Weez doesn't like these cheesy kind of thread titles.

I've heard nothing but stunning reports back from everyone I know who has seen this production. When does it run until?
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Posted: 4/10/10 at 5:15pm
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Pah!

From what I hear, the run is sold out- so you'll have to twist some arms or get up at some ungodly hour of the morning.

PS The set is a bit dull but the costumes are gorgeous.

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Posted: 4/10/10 at 7:52pm
^
what an amazing photo and yes those costumes are gorgeous!

what's wrong with spanking anyway? Loving a Gay Spanker
"it's a dirty little war"
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Posted: 4/11/10 at 5:55am
Dev - I'd happily spank you anytime Buttercup. Just PM me the arrangements.

*wipes anticipatory perspiration from brow with Sunday morning coffee filter*

I saw a production of this at the Manchester RX about five years ago and hated it. It was unfunny nonsense - like Gilbert without Sullivan. I couldn't believe that the National was doing this when I saw it in their schedules, and not even the solid gold cast could persuade me to see it again.

PS ping-pong bat or I've got a lovely smooth wooden Edwardian clothes brush?
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Posted: 4/11/10 at 6:05am
Seeing this next month and really looking forward to it - not expecting much from the play, but I couldn't resist the cast or the character names.
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Posted: 4/11/10 at 6:37am
This play is a delicious, jolly romp. Great fun with some fine comic performances especially from Simon Russell Beale and the wonderful Fiona Shaw who lives up to the outrageousness of her characters name Loving a Gay Spanker
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Posted: 4/11/10 at 10:37am
"I've got a lovely smooth wooden Edwardian clothes brush? "

post pic





"it's a dirty little war"
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Posted: 4/11/10 at 11:04am
When does it run until?

Booking until early June and most of the good seats have gone, but it's carrying on into the next NT booking period, so more performances on sale next month!
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Posted: 4/11/10 at 11:52am
Scripps what a charming offer! However, my skin is very delicate, so I can only countenance a feather duster or oven glove!

The problem with the play is that it doesn't have that delicious sense of escalating panic which vintage farce really needs. As a result, it remains a pleasant comic amble, with some of the funniest scenes actually at the beginning of the play. I need a stronger climax!

But hopefully with the help of Scripps' oven mitt...
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Posted: 4/11/10 at 12:15pm
But hopefully not this:

Loving a Gay Spanker

By the way, I love it when there are two completely separate conversations going on in the same thread! Loving a Gay Spanker I happen to be the proud owner of a cane carpet beater.
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Posted: 4/11/10 at 2:08pm
Marius: is it definitely for sure carrying on? I've been kinda hoping it will, but I haven't seen it say anywhere that it'll be continuing, but it'll be very handy for me if it does. :3
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Posted: 4/11/10 at 3:53pm
I don't know it is, but there are none of the usual signs to indicate that it isn't (i.e. a "Last" note after the last show in the current booking period).

Continuing what I was saying earlier, I also love it when the same two people have exactly the same conversation on two different forums. And even by the second time the answerer can't think of a non-clumsy way of phrasing it. Loving a Gay Spanker
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Posted: 4/11/10 at 3:57pm
And I hate it when drinking just two glasses of wine makes me completely unable to string a proper sentence together or to recall every-day words. "Answerer" - what's the proper word for that??
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Posted: 4/11/10 at 5:34pm
See, and now I don't know where to put my reply. Shall we continue having the same conversation twice, or shall we restrict it to one place? Loving a Gay Spanker
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Posted: 4/11/10 at 6:37pm
Can I just second this thread? It's a really wonderful production of an unbelievably stupid play. It's worth seeing simply for Fiona Shaw and Simon Russell Beale. I cued up for day seats and got the back row of the balcony in the last two seats on the side and the whole thing was STILL funny! Find a way, find a way.
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Posted: 4/12/10 at 2:53pm
Thanks for the PM Dev. I've never stayed in Mayfair before but I'm sure I'll find the hotel.

Piper - I'll upload a photograph of the brush as taken when it's being applied to Dev.

"an unbelievably stupid play"

I'm glad someone agrees with me.
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Posted: 4/12/10 at 2:59pm
And I'll provide a photo post-application.

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Posted: 5/23/10 at 8:04am
It's a really wonderful production of an unbelievably stupid play.

Yep. The play is annoyingly stupid at times, but it couldn't possibly be better served than by this production. SRB's performance is so perfectly nuanced and detailed, he's put far more effort into it than the play deserves! Fiona Shaw reminded me of one of my mum's cousins, but much funnier and less annoying. Paul Ready was excellent too, it's the kind of role that's usually just deeply irritating but he played it very well. Entrance applause (at the National! Shock, horror!) for SRB, Fiona Shaw and Richard Briers. I don't like the idea of entrance applause but in these cases it was so clearly designed for it that it would have almost been inappropriate not to.

Special mention to Nick Sampson - it's a cliche role, the smug all-knowing valet, but he plays it to perfection. Oh, and SRB's ballet moves...!