I am so excited for the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage to have the lead in Arthur Miller’s prestigious play, The Crucible, as John Proctor. Icing on the cake is that he is performing in the early home of the British National Theatre, The Old Vic Theatre. Mr. Armitage is walking in the footsteps of Olivier, Gielgud, Richardson, Redgrave (various ones), and others.
Mr. Armitage may have looked at the stage on his way to his dressing room as the theatre sits empty now–but soon to be filled with eager patrons for tonight’s performance that begins in 2 hours at 7:30pm London time. It is 11:30am in Illinois as I write this.
What could be going through Richard Armitage’s mind at this moment? I’m guessing that he is in his dressing room already, concentrating, perhaps running lines, vocalizing to stretch and warm up his voice, stretching his body, etc. He is preparing himself for what is certain to be another watershed artistic project in his long and varied career to date.
So if there is a collective karma of good thoughts among Richard Armitage’s fans/admirers,I am certain that we all send them to him. May he be brilliant tonight! Of course! May the theatre in the round format prove not too daunting with the traffic jam of actors in the ensemble cast. And may tonight be all that “he” wishes it to be.
Love & Hugs! Grati ;->
P.S. And we look forward to those who can attend tonight’s and upcoming performances sharing their experiences with us.
Images: RANet (www.RichardArmitageNet.com) or my caps.