The Homecoming at The Almeida

Just went to a preview screening performance of it [so used to writing screening]. It’s good – especially Max and Lenny. They really make the lines their own, although they arguably get the best lines. Ruth takes a bit of time to warm up, but she’s such an odd character, I don’t envy her the job. Her lines and her decisions are mad – but the actress made a good go of it. The audience laughed a lot at the sarcasm and bitchiness of the all-male, frustrated household.

Here’s a view from a Danny Dyer fan – actor who played the youngest son, Joey. There don’t seem to be any reviews out in the papers yet.

The official opening is next Thursday, February 7th, but I think you can might be able to book seats for the performances until then, although they’re probably quite full. The £6 seats are the ones to go for! Although they’re cheap because you might have a restricted view, you might get lucky and be able to move up a bit. It’s the easiest way of getting a stalls seat, which is definitely the way to go at the small-ish Almeida.

Excitingly, I sat next to a lady who had seen the first performance of The Homecoming and was a fan of Vivien Merchant’s Ruth. She said that she was very cold and sharp in the role. So cool that she saw the first one and then went back all these years later.

At just about two hours, though, it’s over surprisingly quickly, especially compared to the Othello I saw on Monday (3 hours 10, fact fans, but it didn’t seem so long). There, in one week, I’ve seen two of my A-Level texts on stage. If only I’d had that devotion back then… maybe the fake-tanned Othello I saw in that Queen Mary & Westfield production (um, he wasn’t black and the stuff started streaking under the hot lights) put me off. I think so.

ps: Watching this at the moment. LOVE it. Makes Brontë bearable.

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2 thoughts on “The Homecoming at The Almeida

  1. Hi Rob,

    We were at the same performance! Yes, there was a lot of laughter, especially in Ruth and Lenny’s first scene, where you do need to be more afraid of him. The actor’s delivery was good all through though, I agree.

    Love The Almeida too, it’s great to have such an amazing theatre so nearby!


  2. Went on Friday and enjoyed it. You’re right: Lenny gets the best lines, and delivers them with a cold, sardonic formality that really works well.

    The audience laughed an awful lot. Personally, I found it a rather chilling play. I think that, were I Michael Attenborough, I’d be wondering if some of the menace is lost in the audience’s chuckling. It doesn’t feel as though it should be played for laughs. Great stuff though. And I live round the corner, so it’s a 5-minute walk home. Love the Almeida.


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