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22-03-00, 11:42 PM (GMT)
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"Arthur at Sunderland"
   From previous reviews on this page it doesn't sound as if Bintley has made any changes. Cast were BRB's all-star - Parker (and what a sweety he is: move over Adam!), Cipolla, Zamora, Justin, Murphy etc. A full-house Sunderland audience seemed rather stunned - music unfamiliar, plot confusing, etc, but on the whole, evesdropping on the way out, they enjoyed it. It did take some getting into and it wasn't until the arrival of Parker that the audience perked up, although there were just one or two empty seats after the interval. I do think it could do with a lot of pruning - some scenes were overly long, eg Lancelot's agonising in the chapel, and there really wasn't a lot of dance. And they had the most godawful stage - a layer of thick plywood tiles on top of the normal stage, producing thumps and bangs from the dancers, some deliberate, some I suspect not, which just distracted from the plot. I wasn't that keen on the music either.

However, I don't know whether BRB are responsible or just Sunderland Empire, but they had the goodness to post me a synopsis two days before the opening so I could swot up on it. Thank goodness, or I may have been lost... But for 10 in the dress circle and a big glossy programme for a couple of quid, who can grumble.

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  RE: Arthur at Sunderland Terry Amos 26-03-00 1
     RE: Arthur at Sunderland Bruce Madmin 26-03-00 2
  RE: Arthur at Sunderland Stuart Sweeney 27-03-00 3

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Terry Amos

26-03-00, 09:03 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Arthur at Sunderland"
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   No, there haven't as yet been any significant changes; with the trip to Hong Kong and the rehearsals of the Ashton ballets for the B'ham Rep.there hasn't been time. Some are planned for Covent Garden but they sound to be more a question of tightening rather than any major reconstruction.

There is a problem with the wooden sheets forming the stage floor for this production. Somehow oil is getting on them and this, of course, is causing dancers to slip. Its the measures to counteract that which lead to the awful noises. Friday was particularly bad but Saturday was much better so let's hope it's cured.

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Bruce Madmin

26-03-00, 09:28 PM (GMT)
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Terry - you've seen the production more than a few times now and I was wondering how you had warmed to it.. or otherwise?

Of course one is always wary of a piece that one has to see so many times before it sinks in, but it would be reassuring to know that Arthur 'works' in this respect.

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Stuart Sweeney

27-03-00, 07:18 AM (GMT)
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   LAST EDITED ON 27-Mar-00 AT 11:58 AM (GMT)

It's good to see Robert Parker's success in 'Arthur Part I' and taken together with his recent debut in the lead role in 'Edward II', he is clearly going places fast.

I'm looking forward to seeing him when BRB come to London.

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