Jerusalem and Inadmissable Evidence - Stan vs the reviewers
I got in before press night but what did the professional reviewers make of the latest clutch of new releases in the West End?
Stan rating: 5 stars
This being the third outing in London in two years for Jez Butterworth's award winning play there aren't many reviews this time around. Jerusalem started out at Royal Court in 2009, transferred to the Apollo Theatre in the West End in 2010, did a stint on Broadway at the beginning of this year before returning to the Apollo last week for a short final run.
One who couldn't resist a third visit to see if "the magic had survived" was Charles Spencer at the Telegraph. He gave it five stars so I think the answer is a resounding 'yes it had'.
Going back to the reviews from the original Apollo run and out of the six I scanned only Michael Billington of the Guardian gave it four stars rather than five commenting: "Like everyone else, I was mesmerised, on its first appearance at the Royal Court, by Mark Rylance's tremendous performance as Rooster Byron. But what I took to be a romantic nostalgia for a lost rural England, symbolised by the charismatic hero, is much more morally equivocal than I initially realised."
Incidentally there was a very good interview with Mark Rylance who plays Rooster on Radio 4's Front Row which is still available for download as a podcast if you are quick. He talks about changes that were made to the play for Broadway, how he prepares for the physicality of the role and keeps it fresh after hundreds of performances.
Inadmissible Evidence, Donmar Warehouse
Stan rating: 4 1/2 stars
What's on Stage aggregated round up of four rated reviews average score: 3.75
Only WOS gave it three stars with the rest giving it four. Selected comments include:
"Though it gives Douglas Hodge opportunity to dazzle, the play never gains momentum of its own..."
Matt Trueman, WOS
"In this superb lacerating staging, with an extraordinary performance from Douglas Hodge as the tormented anti-hero..."
Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph
Press night for Death and the Maiden is looming. I gave it 3 1/2 stars on aggregate and the West End Whingers were less impressed and gave it two. Will be interesting to see what the pro's made of it and Thandie Newton's stage and West End debut. She talks about working on the London stage to Mark Lawson in another episode of Front Row. Again the podcast is available for a limited time.
Jerusalem pic: Tristram Kenton
Inadmissible Evidence pic: Johan Persson