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Friday, June 10, 2022

Jerusalem @ Apollo Theatre...

Last night Stuart and I went to see the revival of Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre in London's glitzy West End. It was a long play with three acts, two intervals but gripping and very, very funny throughout. A sort of 'Shameless in the Woods'.

We'd last seen in in 2010 at the same theatre.

In Jerusalem, Mark Rylance portrays Johnny Byron, a local man who finds himself in high demand in all corners of the community and not for any good reasons. The story takes place on St George’s Day in which a fair has arrived in town for all to enjoy – but with everyone wanting a piece of him, it is only his child that wants him to go on the rides. The local police are after Johnny to put him behind bars for what they perceive to be the activities of a modern day Pied Piper. Elsewhere, the local council wish to have him evicted from his home; Troy Whitworth is lookind for his lost daughter and wants to provide Byron with a good beating. Even his friends are in on the action, wanting to get hold of him so that they can provide him with the normal cocktail of booze and drugs.

The staging involved live chickens, a live tortoise and a goldfish and several real trees surrounding an onstage caravan. And a lot of blood.

Rylance is superb. Highly recommended.








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