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    Gielgud Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue
    London
    W1D 6AR

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Blithe Spirit

West End, Comedy, Drama

  • Rating: 3/5

If you’ve somehow stumbled into this revival of Noël Coward’s daft supernatural comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’ without prior knowledge of 88-year-old star Angela Lansbury, you won’t find it hard to work out which one she is. In terrifyingly un-British scenes,...

Blithe Spirit
  1. Wed Apr 16 – Sat Jun 7
  2. Gielgud Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR
  3. £10-£90. Runs 2hrs 30mins
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

West End, Drama

  • Rating: 4/5
  • Critics' choice

Following the partial collapse of the Apollo's ceiling on December 19, all performances at the Apollo have been cancelled. The show opens again at the Gielgud Theatre on June 24.   The success of the National Theatre’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  1. Tue Jun 24 – Sat Feb 14 2015
  2. Gielgud Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR
  3. £15-£57.50. Runs 2hrs 40min
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Ruvani de Silva

Theatre right now is chock full of adaptations, be they from books or films, and the precision that borders on staginess of Hitchcock's most successful offerings seem rich pickings for translation to the stage. However, after the huge success of the hilarious, innovative and sophisticated adaptation of The 39 Steps (I nearly fell off my seat laughing) Strangers on a Train is an unfortunate misfire. Hitchcock's 1951 thriller might not be his finest hour but it is a tight, well-paced endeavour with enough tension to recommend itself and justify its 104 minute running time. Unfortunately, the team behind this flabby and vastly overlong interpretation chose to overlook the film's strengths and transform it into a 3 hour pseudopsychological mess. Delusional sociopath Bruno Anthony, played with perfectly queasy affableness by Robert Walker in the movie, is transformed into irritatingly over-the-top drunk Carl Bruno (Jack Huston), whose latent homosexuality and belaboured mother-fixation are pinned as his motives for setting up architect Guy Haines (Laurence Fox) in the criss-cross scenario. The crucial scene on the train is frustratingly short, especially in comparison to the painful and unnecessary total running time, and we spend far too much time watching both men wrestle with their own rather irritating demons (drink, depression, etc) while the dramatic tension just seeps away. Changing Haines from a tennis star to an architect was a wasteful decision, throwing away the dramatic build-up of a tennis match for long and frustrating scenes in which he wrestles with his skill, ambition and conscience - hardly the stuff of a sparky thriller. The beautiful and elaborate period set was really a waste on such a weak and uninspiring production, where attempts at modernisation and theatricality have resulted in hamminess and boredom. This is a film that could, if handled properly, have made an excellent transition from screen to stage - sadly this is not it.