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Sunday, 5 October 2014

THEATRE/ARCHITECTURE: Minetti at the Barbican

At the Barbican on a Saturday afternoon in August a Dress Rehearsal Minetti - A portrait of an artist as an old man - by Thomas Bernhard (translated by Tom Cairns & Peter Eyre, supported by the Edinburgh Festival/RADA/Juilliard Drama) 
The play went to the Edinburgh Festival - next the London West End or Broadway? 
Brilliantly directed by Tom Cairns (who triumphed with Traviata at Glyndebourne) and acted - a virtual monologue and a wonderful performance - by that consummate actor Peter Eyre (well known for having played in his time Hamlet, The King and the Ghost)
Jane Dickenson's costumes were perfect. The play tragic. 
Thank goodness the Concert Hall and Theatres are as good as they are in that grotesque Barbican - it might have looked good on a drawing board - BUT the brutalism is barbaric and unfriendly, a concrete jungle - I marvel at its ugliness that pursues one as in a bad dream, how is it a popular place to live?

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