Planning to book for this and am looking at front row, which is described as limited legroom and viewing restrictions... can anyone who has been to the Kiln advise on how severe the legroom and view is from front row? Thanks in advance.
Looks like you'd have to look up at the stage a bit but it's not high (unless you're 5 I guess). I think the risk is more if they put a large prop or piece of set in front of you. The legroom appears to be slightly less than the rows behind but you've still got somewhere to put your knees. If I were 6'5" I might be wary but as I'm not, I think the front row looks absolutely fine.
It's pretty horrible, I tried it for both plays I've seen there. The stage is high, and legroom is limited. I'm 5ft 7 and would have cramped up in the legs had I sat there. 5ft 5 at most (with young legs and hips) will be very comfortable. If they plinth the stage, you will look up sharply if you are that height, too. Any shorter and you really won't see the back of the stage that easily, I'd say.
Go at least row D if you want some rake. Remember that B isn't elevated or off-set much behind A, and C isn't that high either.
If thats true then what the eff were they doing during the two whole years the theatre was closed for rebuilding?!
Legroom up to about 5ft 5, and you miss the nearside corner of the stage. Angles are a bit better if you take seats towards the main block. If rear circle seats are the same price, I think that is safer.
Slick, well-written and entertaining, as one has come to expect from Zeller, and very well acted by a sober and professional cast. Perhaps not technically his most ambitious play but certainly interesting even if some of the premises are sometimes a bit obvious.
I am very interested in seeing what Zeller will do when/if he finally breaks out of the narrow family dramas he has done so well with.
Post by juicy_but_terribly_drab on Mar 9, 2019 16:49:16 GMT
Wasn't massively impressed with this to be honest which is disappointing because I really enjoyed The Father (and sadly somehow missed The Mother). I thought that John Light played it too theatrical for the text and in comparison to everyone else. I just never really believed him? Even at the end he seemed he had actually been crying as at the curtain call the Amaka Okafor seemed to be checking he was okay but I felt his reaction was too over the top. More shouting than weeping. Everyone else acted well but they felt more naturalistic (Anna less so) so that's why Light's acting felt jarring to me. Also as everyone else said it was quite predictable. I didn't dislike I guess I was just let down especially since The Father was quite creative with the confused chronology device whereas this was played straight so it needed to be stronger narratively.
Well. It's a bit different to his other plays because he doesn't play around with the chronology like he normally does and goes for a rather conventional tale. There's not a lot of laughs but Laurie Kinston is very good as Nicolas and the piano is nice.
On the plus side, there was a fun bit where the nurse couldn't close the doors properly which lightened the mood and the foxy John Light wore some lovely snug trousers. He is definitely a fine piece of real estate and I think I'm gonna put me down a deposit.
Enjoyed this tonight and I predict great things for Laurie.
In the bar afterwards we heard someone with a French accent speaking to Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter (in the audience). Googled Florian Zeller and it was indeed him! I’m now the thrilled owner of a programme/playtext signed, dedicated and dated by Mr Zeller. What a way to end my theatrical holiday (the other three shows Come From Away, Follies and a return trip to Company). Back to Manchester tomorrow.
Was at today's matinee, surprisingly not full by any means. First time in theatre since the two year long refit. Play pretty good, not on a par with Father or Quiet of Storm but good. The lad playing the title role is amazing. Bit of drama near the beginning when a prop flew into the audience during the first "tantrum". Annoyingly they were doing programmes, just the text. Baffles me why they do that, in my experience a lot of people will buy a programme but not a great deal will be bothered with the text. Zeller is very prolific, wonder if he needs a rest and come back firing on all cylinders?