REVIEW: A Single Man at Park Theatre 200

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The place historic snapshots are involved 1962 was a momentous 12 months. John F. Kennedy was US President and the Beatles launched their first single. Marilyn Monroe died and the Nineteen Sixties, as we got here to grasp them, had been about to be unleashed. In October the Cuban Missile Disaster threatened Armageddon. East and West had been locked in a lethal recreation of brinkmanship because the world held its breath. Set in opposition to this backdrop is a story of affection and loss hidden in plain sight. Based mostly on a novel by Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man was become a profitable movie starring Colin Firth in 2009. This stage adaptation by Simon Reade now finds a pure residence at Park Theatre.

George (Theo Fraser Steele) is an expatriate English professor in Los Angeles. He’s nonetheless coming to phrases with the lack of his accomplice Jim in a street accident the earlier 12 months. The story follows in the future in his life, starting identical to some other. George nonetheless appears like an Englishman overseas even after 20 years on the West Coast. His neighbours are ever interested by this erudite gentleman of their midst. Archetypal American couple the Strunks (Phoebe Pryce and Freddie Gaminara) marvel what occurred to his ‘pal’ Jim. George is content material to allow them to suppose he simply moved away slightly than clarify his melancholy. He consistently fights loneliness and leans on fellow ex-pat Charley (Olivia Darnley) for consolation. Nonetheless, his attentions are more and more diverted by good-looking, talkative pupil Kenny (Miles Molan).

Though the story has already obtained the large display screen remedy it fits the stage simply as nicely. The intimate set is sparsely populated with props that shortly double up as they’re shortly moved into place for every scene. So the visible fuss is minimal and permits the narrative to breathe. The forged delivers well-controlled performances in a chunk that units the historic context from the outset. The supporting characters transfer gently round George as insights reveal progressively extra of a fancy persona. Theo Fraser Steele is in commanding kind and owns the position of George. His placing resemblance to Colin Firth does him no hurt and offers a helpful reference level to the movie. Fairly merely, a wonderful adaptation of a fantastic novel that feels refreshed nearly 60 years after it was revealed. One other smash hit for the Park Theatre and additional proof their high quality management division is working its socks off.


Assessment by Brian Penn


Ranking: ★★★★

Seat: D9 | Worth of Ticket: £33/£29 concessions

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