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Review: The Blue Room @ Lichfield Garrick

theatre-ticketsThe Garrick Rep Company’s latest offering, hot on the heels of other notable successes like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Entertainer is a real sizzler.

Based on Schnitzler’s 1900 play La Ronde award-winning playwright David Hare’s version The Blue Room with Nicole Kidman caused a sensation in 1998 for its nude scenes. There were no riots on the First Night at the Garrick Studio but be prepared, there is a bare backside in the first three minutes and plenty more full frontal after that. If you’re easily offended, stay away.

Because this is a play about sex, pure and simple, using a clever device that lets its two actors depict a wide range of characters starting with a prostitute and a cabby, who goes on to partner an au pair – A sleeps with B, who goes onto C, and so on, depicting sexual behaviour up and down the social scale.

Set in a time when, as Quentin Crisp put it the classes never mingled except in bed Schintzler’s original play, La Ronde, was actually about the dangers of catching STDs. But times have changed, and in this new translation the sexual Merry Go Round becomes more of a naughty romp.

It’s a huge challenge for its two actors though, calling on them to depict a range of characters spanning every level of society. The fabulously attractive Ty Glaser who plays all the women is quite simply a West End goddess while Robert Curtis athletically manages to capture the tired boy in every man. If there’s a message it’s that romance and sex are not the same thing. Director Alasdair Harvey agrees. “That’s what the whole play is about,” he says.

A grown-up evening, not quite good clean fun but that isn’t really a problem. It’s slick, it’s stylish, it’s realistic, and it’s funny. Give it a go if you like theatre that’s live, jumping and red, red hot.

The production runs until Saturday June 5th. For tickets phone the Box Office on 01543 412121 or go online at

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1 Comment

  1. sue

    30th May, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I went to see this play last wednesday..was very good..strong language& very explicit so not for anyone easily shocked!!I was well aware of the original no surprises.As there are only 2 actors playing all the rolls it is really hard work for them..but they played all the characters extremely well.I have only been in the main theatre found the smaller one took a bit of getting use very intimate& even though we sat at the are still very close to the stage.