Monday, 17 December 2012

The Magistrate (theatre)

John Lithgow and Roger Sloman, photo by Johan  Persson
The first National Theatre Live broadcast of 2013 is going to be a farce set in Victorian London. The Magistrate by Arthur Wing Pinero will star American actor John Lithgow (3rd Rock From The Sun). He will be joined by Olivier Award winner Nancy Carroll (After The Dance) playing his wife Agatha, and the production is being directed by another Olivier winner, Timothy Sheader (Crazy For You). Their performance will include songs with music composed by Richard Sisson and lyrics by Richard Stilgoe.

With his louche air and a developed taste for smoking, gambling, alcohol and women, it's hard to believe Cis Farringdon is only fourteen. And that's because he isn't. Agatha, his mother, dropped five years from her true age – and his – when she married amiable magistrate Posket. When her deception looks set to be revealed, it sparks a series of hilarious indignities and outrageous mishaps.

NTLive showed a short interview with John Lithgow during their previous broadcast, Timon of Athens. He revealed he has previously only seen one NTLive broadcast - Hamlet starring Rory Kinnear - but is very enthusiastic about the concept and looking forward to the extra challenges of broadcast night.

Cineworld, Thu 17th Jan, 19:00.
Tickets £13.50 (£11.50 concessions). Available online, by calling 0871 200 2000 or in person at the Ticket Office.

1 comment:

  1. Had great fun at The Magistrate last night! The lightest of the three NTlive shows we’ve seen so far, the farce was perfectly timed throughout and very funny. The bat! I was surprised to see a smaller audience than for La Boheme earlier in the week but pleased that Cineworld got everything right this time. The cast work very well together and made the play appear effortless and natural. John Lithgow makes a sympathetic Posket and I loved Nancy Carroll as Agatha. The new songs fit into the play perfectly and the black & white costuming of the singers is striking. The sets, once in place, are quite simple, but the pop-up book effect of their arrival is fabulous – huge applause to designer Katrina Lindsay and the set builders for all their work. I particularly liked the offset door in Posket’s office. Having been underwhelmed by previous farce plays, I tend to avoid them but am glad we took the chance on seeing this one.