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Theatreland DVD Review

Theatreland DVD

“Theatreland” is an insightful documentary series.

In the 8 part documentary series “Theatreland,” viewers get a behind the scenes look at the stage productions of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting For Godot” and Truman Capote’s “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” from the classic Theatre Royal Haymarket in London.

The first part of the series is devoted to the creation of this particular ‘Godot’ production which boasts megastars Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. Instead of merely focusing on the talent and directors, the series takes a backstage look at the carpenters, artistic director, understudies, ushers, and plumbers while also showcasing the process of a preview show, rehearsals, opening night, and the wrap party.

The second half of the show (devoted to the “Breakfast At Tiffany’s production) follows a similar style, but devotes much of the screentime to read-throughs, the cat, costumes, rollerskating, cast members Anna Friel and Joseph Cross, and the elaborate sets.

As someone who has a limited amount of knowledge regarding the theater business, “Theatreland” proved to be a particularly insightful series about the ins and outs of stage productions. While learning about the amount of work that goes into a show may not sound like thrilling TV, the series isn’t just about stage life. Not only does each 25 minute episode have its own sort of theme and focus, but there’s also a fair bit of intriguing historical stories about the legendary West End Haymarket theater. Between the stories about the alleged ghosts and the constant maintenance involving the aging theater, “Theatreland” is nothing if not varied.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? This is a professional looking non-fiction series. No complaints whatsoever.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital Stereo. How does it sound? Despite being a bit flat, the narration and interviewees still sound adequate.

The only extras include Athena trailers and a viewer’s guide booklet that contains facts about theatres, actors, ghosts, and the two plays featured in the show.

Overall Thoughts: Whether you are a lifelong theatre lover or are simply seeking out a good documentary series, “Theatreland” is worth a gander.

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December 16, 2014 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , ,

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