I'm afraid I can't review tonight's show, Government Inspector, as both Andy and I had had enough and left at the interval - I can't remember when I last did that. In the show's defence I did love Miriam Buether's catroon-like set and costume designs, and Kyle Soller gives what would be a very good performance if only the lines he's speaking were actually funny. A badly-behaved audience¹ were part of the reason we couldn't hack it any longer, but their non-stop braying laughter at the tiniest gesture only served to make it more obvious that neither of us found anything in the first half even remotely amusing. A shame really because I was predisposed to like director Richard Jones after he spent an interview in the Standard the other week slagging off Peter Hall.
Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol in a version by David Harrower is booking until the 9th of July at the Young Vic.
¹as well as the usual talking, phones going off etc, a woman behind us never stopped rattling her jewellery for more than a few seconds at a time; her group also loudly and bizarrely commentated on everything that appeared on stage. "Pink dress!" "The spoon missed his mouth!" or just repeating the last few words spoken. It was like one of those DVD commentaries where the director has no interesting gossip so just tells you what he sees on screen.