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VO Nov. 29th, 2008 09:53 pm
And when the father turned to his family, and saw that the snow doves had torn out the left eyes of his two stepdaughters, and both eyes of his wife, he said to them: "Come on. Let's go home."



From the Lyric Hammersmith website and brochure:

"It is winter.

The Queen has declared that there will be a glittering festival of music, magic and dancing so that her son might find the girl of his dreams. Everyone is invited to his astonishing palace.

BUT... Cinderella won’t be going to the Ball - unless she manages to finish the impossible tasks her sisters have set her. Maybe her friends from the forest can help her?

The acclaimed director Melly Still returns to the original story by the Brothers Grimm to create a spellbinding show for the whole family to enjoy."

‘Anyone looking for superior family-friendly December fare should set their sat-navs for Hammersmith.’ - Evening Standard


Sounds almost like the Disney version, doesn't it? Unless, of course, you recognise what "returns to the original story by the Brothers Grimm" means. Domestic abuse, emotional blackmail, dark magic, self-mutilation and surprisingly graphic gore. Small children hiding under the seats and wailing.

Quite an intense play, but perhaps not exactly what it was advertised as; I get the impression the Lyric hadn't quite realised what they'd booked.

Also slightly second-rate acting and performance, as is typical for the Lyric.

Lyric site


Icon borrowed from thewronghands

From: redcountess
Date: November 29th, 2008 - 10:08 pm (Link)
It'll close in a week then, British people are serious about their Christmas Panto!
From: webcowgirl
Date: November 29th, 2008 - 11:29 pm (Link)
It's not a panto at all. It's not a bad show, but it's not the right time of the year to be doing something that reads so clearly as a panto show (based on the title) and to have it be a straight fairy tale theatrical thing.
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: November 30th, 2008 - 09:19 pm (Link)
it's not the right time of the year to be doing something that reads so clearly as a panto show (based on the title) and to have it be a straight fairy tale theatrical thing
At least not with a blurb that doesn't say "Have you ever read the original Grimm's tales? Really?"
From: thewronghands
Date: November 30th, 2008 - 12:15 am (Link)
Hah. It's a brilliant icon; I stole it from catvalente.
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: November 30th, 2008 - 05:42 pm (Link)
Does sound like whoever wrote the blurb hadn't actually paid any attention to the show that they'd actually booked, and just assumed that it was like Disney ... [grin] Not, I suspect, a mistake that they'll have the chance to make again.

I hope heels and toes were removed?
From: wechsler
Date: November 30th, 2008 - 08:34 pm (Link)
Graphically, and with cleavers.
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: November 30th, 2008 - 09:18 pm (Link)
Now, that's what I call a traditional family Christmas play!
From: skorpionuk
Date: December 2nd, 2008 - 09:59 am (Link)
Fantastic. I love that the blurb says "a spellbinding show for the whole family to enjoy" and "returns to the original story by the Brothers Grimm" in the same sentence.

You people clearly didn't grow up with it, except as filtered by Mr Walt... or at the very least, the copy writer didn't.

It's made me chuckle.