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欲望(Desire)と極楽(Elysian Fields)

 


今回のナショナルシアターライブ『欲望という名の電車』も見てきました。映画でいうとマーロンブランドとビビアンリーの作品が有名ですね。



この劇場はYoung Vicで上演されたようですが、Old Vicの方はオックスフォード学習辞典にもしっかり載っています。

(オックスフォード)
the Old Vic
a famous theatre in south London, built in 1818. It was officially named the Royal Victoria Theatre in 1833, and was given the nickname the 'Old Vic' later in the century. It became well known in the early 20th century when Lilian Baylis began producing Shakespeare's plays there. The National Theatre was based there from 1963 until its own building was completed in 1976.


Old VicがあるからのYoung Vicなんですね。

(Wikipedia)
History
In the period after World War II, a Young Vic Company was formed in 1946 by director George Devine[1] as an offshoot of the Old Vic Theatre School for the purpose of performing classic plays for audiences aged nine to fifteen.
This was discontinued in 1948 when Devine and the entire faculty resigned from the Old Vic, but in 1969 Frank Dunlop became founder-director of The Young Vic theatre with his free adaptation of Molière's The Cheats of Scapin, presented at the new venue as a National Theatre production, opening on 11 September 1970 and starring Jim Dale in the title role with designs by Carl Toms (decor) and Maria Bjornson (costumes).[2]
Initially part of the National Theatre, the Young Vic Theatre became an independent body in 1974.[3]
In the words of Laurence Olivier, then director of the National Theatre: "Here we think to develop plays for young audiences, an experimental workshop for authors, actors and producers." The aim was to create an accessible theatre which offered high quality at low cost in an informal environment. The aim was to appeal to young audiences, but this time not specifically to children.


Xファイルのジリアンアンダーソンはこの演技でEvening Standard Theatre Awards 2014の女優賞を受賞したそうです。



正直テネシーウィリアムズの戯曲は痛々しく、繊細すぎてしまうのですが、テレグラフの書き出しもそのように始まっています。

A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic, review
Gillian Anderson gives the performance of her career as Blanche DuBois in a raw, emotional and deeply unsettling Young Vic production

By Charles Spencer
12:42AM BST 29 Jul 2014

I staggered out of this shattering production of Tennessee Williams’s bruising modern classic feeling shaken, stirred and close to tears.

Never have I seen a production of the play that was so raw in its emotion, so violent and so deeply upsetting.


Gillian Andersonの熱演を絶賛しています。

The acting is superb, with Gillian Anderson giving the performance of her career as Blanche DuBois, the faded Southern belle of a big Mississippi mansion who has lost her home before the action begins and loses her mind by play’s end.

Petite and vulnerable, she captures the syrupy southern charm of the woman which so provokes her blue-collar brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski, and you readily understand why he finds her affected ways so infuriating. But as the play progresses, Anderson devastatingly captures a woman whose options are running out and who is getting ever closer to the end of her rope. Suddenly her lies and fantasies of a better life seem almost heroic, and her final crack-up is almost too painful to watch.


ガーディアンもアンダーソンの演技を褒めています。

A Streetcar Named Desire review – Gillian Anderson is utterly compelling
Young Vic, London

Benedict Andrews's revival of the Tennessee Williams classic steams off the revolving set of the Young Vic
Susannah Clapp
Sunday 3 August 2014 08.30 BST

Still, the evening belongs to Anderson, who makes each phase of the DuBois disintegration her own. She does not arrive with swivel-featured disturbance, but makes her distress delicately evident. Her fingers pick at things around her, smoothing, trying to get things under control. Her collapse is spectacular: a terror of blotched lipstick and flying petticoats. Her departure is a masterclass in how to make audiences weep. She comes down from the stage and processes between the spectators and the shattered action. She leans on the arm of the doctor who is to commit her to an asylum, sauntering gracefully, looking around her as if she were taking the air at a delightful seaside resort. To the end, aspiring and lying.


今回のレビューをいろいろ観る中で、アンダーソンをヘレンミレンと比している記事もありました。といってもこの記事を紹介したくなったのはYoung Vicと書くべきところをOld Vicと書いていたからです。意地悪くてすみません。。。



Why Gillian Anderson is the new Helen Mirren
Both women announced their arrival as sex symbols of a certain age by playing brilliant cops. Chris Harvey spots more similarities

By Chris Harvey
3:21PM GMT 27 Nov 2014

But the model performance of restrained, unshowy television acting that Anderson gives as Gibson is not the only weapon in her armoury. Her recent emotionally raw Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire (ironically the classic role about a woman failing to cope with her fading beauty) at the Old Vic suggested that there is much more to come from this actress. It’s hard to believe that just seven years ago, she was playing opposite Danny Dyer in the low-budget Brit thriller Straightheads.

今週の木曜日までですが、TOHO日本橋は結構埋まってしまっている感じですね。興味のある方は是非是非。
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