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10 and 11 July 2012
12/07/12 @ 05:02:51 am, Categories: General, 664 words   English (UK)

10 + 11 July 2012

Back in the UK after two weeks. We got here on Tuesday afternoon. For once we have a holiday flat as we will be here for 10 days. This is great as you can pretend to be a proper Londoner even if you’d never be able to afford this kind of flat in this kind of area (Bloomsbury) in real life.

We got to the stage door and it was pouring. There were only four of us mad enough to stand there but we did and had a lovely time chatting. When he did arrive he kindly stood in the little hallway that leads to the stage door and took his time so one of our group could have a proper conversation and have her programme signed. As it had been so wet we didn’t even bring our cameras, so no photos. Sorry. What a great start to our holidays though.

Being back at the Adelphi now felt like coming home and we thoroughly enjoyed attending the tale. It felt like a different show! They are really experimenting with their characters now. Changing little things, not lines or anything as dramatic, but small gestures, or which word to stress in the dialogue, the way they deliver the lines (angrier, more ironic, funnier or devoid of emotion – that kind of changes). These of course are things only someone who has seen the show several times will notice. It was so good to be back.

On Wednesday the stage door was way more crowded as is usual for matinee days. We were meeting up with the friends we hadn’t seen for a long while (too long!) and had such a laugh. The sun was out briefly for when he arrived and everyone had a chance for some Ball attention. This time the weather was a little more accommodating for fan needs and we had the cameras ready. Photos are online. What was a bit unsettling was that we learned a Hyde Park concert for the evening had been cancelled because of the muddy grounds – we have tickets for Madonna next Tuesday – fingers crossed!

Again things had changed a little from the night before and we especially liked the new long note at the beginning of Johanna. As if the long note at the end (roughly 30 seconds) is not enough. He spoils us! Also loving the gusto with which Mrs Lovett throws herself at him during the kissing scene. Not that we are jealous or anything…..;-) You could tell though that it was matinee crowd. Many school children and people determined to enjoy themselves which was fine as it made a very enthusiastic audience but it also meant that the cheered, whoopwhooped and applauded when Sweeney finally kills the judge. Panto feeling.

The evening crowd was much quieter throughout the show but equally appreciative at the curtain call. Standing ovations all around. And a very happy cast on stage for both shows.

Oh and we have spotted an usher we knew form the Shaftesbury It really feels like the hairspray family fallows the Ball wherever he goes. Cast and crew alike. Adds to the homely feeling naturally.

Only slight drizzle when he got out after the shows. And he really did stop and take a photo with every single person who waited. Such a star.

Gosh, almost forgot: we have a new Pirelli. Comedian Jason Manford stepped in for Robert Burt for four weeks. He has a fine singing voice and plays the part a bit funnier than the original who seemed a little more menacing. The Irish accent is very Irish, or rather is pronounced enough so that we foreigners could identify it as such. We like him.
New day, new stage door and show. Sun is out just now but the forecast says heavy rain for the evening. We shall see. Thanks again to the gang – it’s been soooo good to catch up and we WILL see you on tour!


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