Seen: March 12, NTL Broadcast Haydn English Cinema Vienna
Cast: Hiran Abeysekera, Assad Zaman, Anjana Vasan, Stephanie Street, Shane Zaza, Ranjit Krishnamma, Sartaj Garewal, Gavi Singh Chera, Meera Syal, Anjli Mohindra, Vincent Ebrahim, Chook Sibtain, Muzz Khan, Thusitha Jayasundera, Ronak Patani, Anneika Rose, Manjeet Mann, Mariam Haque, Tia-Lana Chinapyel, Nikita Mehta, Tia Palamathanan, Ahsani Stevens, Nathalie Armin, Esh Alladi, Pal Aron, Bharti Patel
Directed by Rufus Norris
a new play by David Hare based on the book by Katherine Boo
We saw so many great productions in the last year or so, I knew it was too good to last. Right on the heels of the RSC’s inconsequential Love’s Labour’s Won comes the National Theatre’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers.
The performances were solid throughout, even though I felt some of the actors playing multiple characters didn’t work out all that well in this case. I really can’t put my finger on it, but for some reason this play by David Hare (whose Skylight I loved) didn’t connect with me at all. While the levels of corruption and the horrible ramifications thereof displayed made my blood boil, this is nothing I don’t read in the papers every day. I also can’t bring myself to find the swearing of the ladies either particularly funny or surprising. I’m Austrian; everyone who has ever been in a car with me heard worse.
The most lasting impression was actually left by the feature about ‘London Road’ presented during the interval and the interview with director – both of the play and newly the National Theatre itself – Rufus Norris.
Fingers crossed that Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem next week is going to be less of a disappointment.