Guest post by Meg Siobhan:
So, this evening (well, last night as I’m writing this on the last train home, surrounded by many a loud drunk…) I went to see The Crucible, with our favourite tall, dark and handsome chap, Richard Armitage.
This was my first time seeing anything at The Old Vic Theatre, so I was very excited – even more excited to be seeing Richard, in theatre, the evening before my birthday.
So when my dad and I got there, we collected the tickets, made our way to the floor, and the door we needed to go in, in order to be seated.
Supposedly the set design meant that the seats we were originally going to have would have decreased in value and have restricted view. The seats we got in place of these were still great, in the main dress circle. From where we were sat, our original seats didn’t look affected at all, so don’t know what was going on there…
Anyway, on to the play.
Now, I’m a sucker for good lighting, and I felt this show had absolutely beautiful lighting. Its simplicity was what made it so striking.
I won’t divulge major details about the play if you are yet to see it, but if you’ve been on social networks, you will know that Richard is shirtless for part of a scene. Yes, I was swooning.
It was beautifully staged, and the entire cast was fantastic.
There was one moment I loved in the encore when we were all applauding. They came out once, and bowed – vanished and returned, as per any usual encore. But the second time, Richard let everyone else leave the stage, and as they did, he just smiled to the entire audience, taking in the applause.
I think he was happy with how this opening night went, just like many of us who absolutely adored it. It was good to see this side of him!
If I could, I would give them all a big splat on the back for a job well done.
I think, a brilliant return to the theatre for Richard and I would happily watch the play many times.
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[edit: Meg gives a fuller account at her blog]