Sunday, September 15, 2013

Now or Later - Royal Court Theatre 2008 - photos, trailer, reviews

Eddie Redmayne About finishing a run at the Royal Court Theatre with 'Now Or Later': It was the most extraordinary thing. I was nervous doing it. It was the first time I'd done a play for four years and, again, it was an incredibly meaty role. It was terrifying, but I was in the safest pair of hands with Dominic Cooke [artistic director at the Royal Court]. It was a piece of work that I was incredibly proud of because it was a beautifully written piece. It was exposing because I hadn't done a play for a long time and hadn't played a character on stage from beginning to end. You do feel a sense of the weight on your shoulders a little bit, but most people liked it.

Trailer of the play

Reviews about the play

Dad, got a minute? - The Guardian
Wednesday 10 September 2008
Eddie Redmayne is about to play a son who embarrasses his politician father. The rising star tells Laura Barton how he got a little help - from the Blair and Clinton camps

Now or Later: Where The West Wing meets the Moral maze - DailyMail
11 September 2008
Mr Redmayne is first-class. You see this lad trying to smile his way out of trouble, then trying not to lose control of his emotions as the grown-ups browbeat him. He reminded me of a colt being broken in. 

Review Round-up: Redmayne Shines Now &Later - WhatsOnStage 
By Editorial Staff • 15 Sep 2008 • West End
Michael Coveney on (two stars) – “American playwright Christopher Shinn’s Now or Later is a deft piece of writing, skilfully directed by Dominic Cooke, unfussily designed by Hildegard Bechtler and beautifully played by a small cast including a bullish Matthew Marsh as the Democratic President-elect, John, and a gangling, emotionally pent-up Eddie Redmayne as his son, John Jr. … Curiously, Marsh resembles a stunted Gerald Ford in his turbo-charged dynamism, while Redmayne has the freckly, high cheek-boned look of the Kennedy clan.”

Paul Taylor in the Independent (five stars) – „Eddie Redmayne is superb. Eyes glittering with wit and wounded sensitivity, he shows how John is both damaged goods and the goods.”

Michael Billington in the Guardian (three stars) – „The play undeniably keeps you rapt. And, although Eddie Redmayne as the defiant John has a habit of dropping his voice at the end of sentences, he conveys all the character\'s gangling, principled obduracy. Matthew Marsh as his equally unbending father, Nancy Crane as his bewildered mother and Domhnall Gleeson as his loyal chum, fulfilling the role of the raisonneur in classical comedy, give fine performances in Dominic Cooke\'s suitably urgent production.”

Nicholas de Jongh in the Evening Standard (three stars) – “John, his face and voice in Eddie Redmayne’s riveting performance suffused with the lineaments of neurosis and sadness, sits in his hotel room. He and Matt, a fellow student, both showing scant interest in the results, are disturbed by a Presidential aide, John’s glacial mother, Tracey a black party worker and by Matthew Marsh’s hypocritical President.”

Sam Marlowe in the The Times (four stars) – “Cooke\'s production is thrillingly paced, effervescent with wit and intelligence and superbly acted, in particular by Eddie Redmayne as the unhappily divided John and Matthew Marsh as his father, his every word carefully weighed but concealing an unnerving ruthlessness and volatility.”

Susannah Clapp in The Observer – “ Eddie Redmayne, volatile and coltish, vividly projects distress and intelligence.”

James Marsh and Eddie Redmayne in the dressing room
photo by Simon Annand (x)
Audio 26 July 2008 Now or Later
Writer Christopher Shinn, director Dominic Cooke and actors Matthew Marsh and Eddie Redmayne 
in discussion with the Royal Court’s Diversity Associate, Ola Animashawun. Eddie talks about his character and the play from 5:15 and from 12:30.

Christopher Shinn's website - Now or Later
My post: Eddie about to go on stage - Simon Annand backstage photos

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