During Karen Fricker's recent panel discussion at the Royal Court about the evolving role of the theatre critic, the suggestion was made that critics should try to see long-running shows not just on opening night or for major cast changes but also, say, eight months into the run when the initial buzz has abated, when the cast are tired and the composition of the audience has altered. Of course there are so many productions opening in London at any one time that revisits aren't that feasible (though bloggers are not so encumbered), but sometimes one wonders if, on occasion, a different view, a more vertiginous one perhaps, wouldn't hurt.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Should Critics Scale the Heights of The Balconies?
Natasha Tripney in The Guardian: