Friday, 31 January 2014

An Evening With The World's Sexiest Man

According to Emma Freud who hosted the event, Tom Hiddleston who starred in the National Theatre Live's performance of Coriolanus last night, was awarded the title World's Sexiest Man by MTV (don't know what they see in him myself cough). We were at the lovely Aldeburgh Cinema for the performance as the excellent Framsoc run by Framlingham College had bought some tickets.

Marion did English at University and has always loved Shakespeare. I'm a little more Philistine but can appreciate the greatness of the writing. We used to go to Stratford Upon Avon regularly and memorably saw Kenneth Branagh in Hamlet, Patrick Stewart in The Tempest and Michael Hordern as Lear but we've not managed to go for some time. So it was great to have the opportunity to see some live theatre right on our doorstep.

The play was broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden where it is playing to packed houses after rave reviews. Tickets are like gold dust so the broadcast performance was our only realistic chance of seeing it. 

It is a truly stunning production. But you don't need me to tell you that - far better critics than me have said as much. Not only does the WSM (who was brilliant as Loki in Thor) give the performance of a lifetime, he is supported by a fantastic cast including Mark Gattis as Menenius (who has many of the best lines), and Hadley Fraser who gives a magnificent performance as Coriolanus' gruff arch enemy Aufilius. It was also good to see Danish actor Birgitte Hjort Sorensen who plays the spin doctor in Borgen give a fine portrayal as Virgilia. 

Marion was totally immersed in the play and left the cinema in tears at the power and intensity of what she had just seen.

So it's a big thank you to Framsoc for arranging the tickets. It's unusual watching live theatre in a cinema. It's not the same but if it gives you the chance to see sold out performances then it's very much the next best thing.

This is definitely not the world's sexiest man but he keeps cropping up on the right hand of my Facebook advertising some sort of health supplement. I don't know who thought that this might tempt anyone to click on a link - it totally baffles me.