Mrs Maisel, The Stranger & Uncle Vanya

It’s been pretty busy here with little time for blogging this past week. Besides work and family I’ve been binge-watching The Marvelous Mrs Maisel which I liked not quite as much as I had anticipated but I still did really enjoy it. I love that it’s all set in Jewish families at the end of the 1950s/beginning 60s and I really enjoy the every day humor (more than the stand up routines). My fave characters are Susie Myerson (played so brilliantly by Alex Borstein, in the left picture on the left) and Abe Weissman (played by Tony Shalhoub) who is Midge Maisel’s (Rachel Brosnahan’s) dad.

ButΒ Mrs Maisel is really just a side note here. I didn’t start this post to talk about that show, I came to gush about the one and only Richard Armitage and his new projects!

Yesterday a more extended trailer for his Netflix series The Stranger dropped:

I’ve gotta say, it really does look good! After the Berlin Station hype (a show I never really enjoyed despite the hype) I have been cautious to get excited about this project. However, after seeing the trailer I have got to say, my expectations have really risen! The Netflix page is already there, looks like this for me:

Netflix The Stranger RA

Guess I know what I’ll be doing with my evenings in two weeks time. It’ll be the first thing I watch on Netflix after watching and re-watching Anne with an E (which still needs to get renewed! Come on, get with the program, Netflix!).

Not only The Stranger is looking good! Richard’s play Uncle Vanya has opened in London this week and the first whisperings are also sounding very good. It’s looking beautiful too.

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And some really nice and beautifully dramatic stage stills were released today; I just love the look of that decor and the costumes. Here are the images Richard is in (click on images to enlarge)…

I am also very curious to see Toby Jones and Ciaran Hinds. I don’t know Rosalind Eleazar but she does look lovely here.

Servetus has already been to 3 performances of Uncle Vanya, she wrote about them here, here and here. Guylty has written about stage door experiences here and here. There has been some sharing on Twitter, among others by the lovely Linda Sechzig (one of my partners in crime when we saw Richard in Newcastle two years ago)…

And now more than ever I am looking forward to next month, when I get to see all this for myself in London! I will only be going to one show (yeah, just can’t do more, I have a family budget to consider) but one is far better than none, right? This Richard Armitage year is starting out really well. πŸ™‚

19 thoughts on “Mrs Maisel, The Stranger & Uncle Vanya

  1. Enough is as good as a feast, and so one show is enough, too. You can feast your eyes there, and relive the memories with the pictures you have posted here. It’s a sumptuous production, in every way.
    Oh, and thanks for the link love!

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  2. Servetus

    Thanks for the link love. You’re gonna love it! This time with intensely friendly Richard Armitage at the stage door! I will also say — this is not The Crucible (nor even Love, Love, Love). It’s not especially complex, there are rarely multiple things to watch at the same time, indeed imo the play is monologue heavy and this script doesn’t give Astrov long speeches in the same way it does the other characters. I don’t know that someone who sees it once suffers that much, at least in terms of what you take away from the play. In my case — I chose the number of performances based on my schedule and what would be the cheapest flight. In comparison to the rather insane amount of money for the flight, the tickets were inconsiderable. (Also, you know what I’m like.)

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  3. rachel

    Tbf, I really was only going to go once! Lol. But fate intervened!
    That’s great about seeing the production photos. allows you to digest that part in advance 😊 and aren’t they beautiful?
    Glad to see Tony Shaloub cast in something. …he’s one of those actors I feel great warmth for.

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  4. Esther I’m over the moon going two nights in a row with different seats although I thought you guys were going Tuesday night too? I think each performance will be different and it’s all an excuse for me to go to London and meet up with some great dear people!!! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜β€οΈ

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  5. Hooray for you Esther, you’re going to see it! I plan to go as well, for Mr. H. of course. So far it all looks lovely, especially the knock-out set by Rae Smith. Can’t wait to get the McPherson script.

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