I love going to the theatre. What a privilege it is to have artists performing live in front of your own eyes. No play is never the same as the one before, or a new one to come. Gesture by gesture, movement by movement, staging by staging, it all happens there and then, and just for your sole entertainment.
I typically prefer small theatres as this type of intimate experience is hard to find in large establishments. However, a friend of mine got me lured to see ‘Fatal Attraction’ at the Theatre Royal Haymarket last Friday evening.
Kristin Davis, who played Charlotte in the famous ‘Sex and the City’ drama series, was probably what got us interested at first. In ‘Fatal Attraction’, which is based on the same named film from the 1980s, Kristin takes the role of a wife of an unfortunate New York lawyer, Dan Gallagher.
The second interest point was the title, ‘Fatal Attraction’. I was too young, and lived too sheltered childhood to have seen the film when it first came out. I quickly learnt that the film had been a blockbuster hit and a real talking point of its time. The gripping title and its ramification sounded like something not to miss. Thanks to Love Theatre we managed to book discounted tickets close to the stage.
The start of the play was quite average and the story followed a predictable sequence. A perfect family set up, a frustrated husband, a beautiful other woman, and an expected trespass.
It was only after the second encounter of the delusive couple that things started to get interesting. Natascha McElhone, who plays the other woman, Alex Forrest, emerges as a real star of the play. Her transformation from a confident and attractive woman to madness, vulnerability and revenge is both believable and creepy. As we were sitting only two rows away from her, I could hardly keep my eyes open when she started to play with a knife or was close to being strangled by her earlier lover.
The play has got some bad reviews from those who compare it to the original screenplay. I decided to watch the film, starred by Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, the day after to see what the fuss was about.
It is true that a stage play cannot create comparable dramatic scenes of car accidents, shooting, or disappearing bunnies, which films can. Nor is it possible to allude a similar kind of suspense that a film can with the right camera angles, lighting and music. However, in a play a viewer needs to use one’s own imagination and be an editor of her own experience. This is the part that I like.
‘Fatal Attraction’ is running until 21st of June 2014. I definitely recommend it to anyone wishing to have a thrilling evening of entertainment and world class acting.
Theatre Royal Haymarket
18 Suffolk Street, West End, London, SW1Y 4HT
Box office: +44 (0) 207 930 8800
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