Under director Bartlett Sher, Oslo’s running time of three hours including interval zips along with barely a lull in the action.
It’s fascinating to see and clearly points towards interesting and thought-provoking new talents. Quite what it all might mean is, possibly, something that only individual audience members will be able to decipher.
Tim and John’s story continues to resonate with so many people. It can only be hoped that as many people as possible with see this remarkable production and will spread the word further.
It’s been a long time since I welcomed a score with such eagerness and pleasure, one that has such immediate widespread appeal, and which also instantly creates a powerful sense of character and attitude.
That aside, this production of The Weir will make you want to pour a Guinness, get close to the fire, and listen to these people tell their stories.
McElderry’s Joseph is extremely likeable and he quite literally blows the roof off the theatre vocally. It’s a performance that is unequalled by any of the many Joseph’s I’ve ever seen.
It’s a risk to stage a production of a much loved film, and, overall, the Wolsey manages to pull it off, although the production doesn’t quite reach the comedic highs it could have.
The 90-minute run offers a breathless battle of wit and conviction between Flynn and Aloysius, tautly directed by Ché Walker.