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Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
London, SW1Y 4DN
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SHOW TIMES
Opened: 16 Nov 2016
Booking from: 10 Feb 2017
Booking until: 11 Feb 2017
Duration: 95 minutes (no interval)
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  • paulfootie 6'3" male 41 reviews 3 helpful votes
    100% total rating Nice Fish, 29th December 2016
    A brilliant show! I wasn't sure what I was going to see - a play about Ice Fishing? - but its so much more than that! The acting was excellent and the staging was great. A mix of puppetry too ensured that the action could all be shown all in one go so kind of a one hit wonder! Its a greta play with some very god ideas about things that have you thinking. I was sat next to an American lady who found it touched a nerve on many levels!! I would recommend this play if you want to see some excellent stars in an excellent setting with an unusual play.
    Sat in Stalls A14
    A standard theatre seat at the very front of the Stalls. Th view is slightly upright so if one is shorter you may find it difficult to view from. As with all front row seats you can sometimes not see all of the stage due to angles but that depends on the play etc. This seat is excellent and for this production was a great seat. Action taking place upstage may be disrupted with some productions but generally this is an excellent seat with a great view.
  • susannahrosemn 5"3 female 83 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating Nice Fish, 17th November 2016
    One of the wackier shows I have seen on the West End, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Having no idea what to expect, the show completely surprised me. It's very much like a more quirky version of Waiting for Godot - very philosophical and existential, mixed with some heavily thought-provoking soliloquy's that have you laughing uproariously. It's best if you watch this show with no expectations - I heard a few audience members complain that not much happens/not much about the characters' relationships is explained - it really doesn't need to be as it's not a kitchen-sink drama. Nice Fish is more about the dialogue, and if you listen, it's very pertinent. Thoroughly enjoyed, but would maybe not recommend to ardent traditional theatre fans. Mark Rylance is also fantastic!
    An extremely tricky seat! The view from A1 is absolutely brilliant - no restrictions, a clear and close view of the entire stage. Unfortunately, there is next to no legroom, and I am only 5'3", so anyone taller would struggle. The seat itself is not very comfortable at all - virtually no padding and armrests are very low down, which means you can't even lean to make yourself more comfortable. Found myself shifting around throughout the production. But overall, I would sit here again if I was on a budget as the amazing view makes you forgive the less-than comfortable seat.
  • pookie 5" 2 female 3 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Nice Fish, 28th January 2017
    I loved bits of the play but ultimately I'm unsure what it was about which has left me ambivalent about it over all.
    The warning that there's "a pillar a quarter along the stage" and still selling the seat as band b now mystifies me as I found this to be a very restricted view seat, however as there was no one behind me I could lean to the side and see fine. The seats were comfortable and the aisle seat gave lots of leg room.
    C6 Dress Circle - Harold Pinter Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle C6
  • TheShowMan 178cm male 34 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Nice Fish, 1st February 2017
    Sat in Stalls N5
    Seats could have been more comfortable, they're quite hard and not much cushion. The legroom is good though and you can stretch your legs out. Great view, even though you are to one side. Don't really miss any of the show at all and you do feel reasonably close to the actors.
    N5 Stalls - Harold Pinter Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls N5
NICE FISH SEATING PLAN
The Stalls at the Harold Pinter Theatre tend to offer good views, however two pillars in Row M can affect various seats behind, although the seats just in front have excellent views. This section is not very well raked however, meaning taller audience members in front can often impair sight lines.

The Dress Circle has a shallow curve and is well raked meaning that you can mainly get good views throughout, however central pillars in Row C near seats 6 and 15 are restricted. The middle is recommended for views, however seat comfort and legroom often is not the best.

The Royal Circle does not offer the best seating due to safety rails and a deep curve that restricts the side 5 seats in each row, as well as central thin pillars getting in the way for most seats other than the very central ones. The Balcony does not have pillars, but similar safety rails and can feel very distant from the stage and cramped.
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STORY
The wry and surreal new play by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkin’s, Nice Fish arrived in London’s West End in winter 2016 for its UK premiere at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Nice Fish is based on the original prose poetry version by the author Louis Jenkins, which won the Minnesota Book Award in 1995. Jenkins and Rylance were first brought together when the latter decided to begin reading the author’s work in lieu of an acceptance speech at various high profile award ceremonies, including the Tony Awards for the plays Boeing-Boeing (2008) and Jerusalem (2011), as well as the Drama Desk Awards.

Subsequently Rylance approached Jenkins with the wish to turn his work into a play, and despite the author’s scepticism as to whether it was even possible to turn his meandering and surreal prose-poetry into something that was stageable, Nice Fish was ingeniously born.

Nice Fish originally played to American audiences at St Ann’s Warehouse on Broadway, where it delighted critics and audiences alike, having its Broadway premiere in February 2016.

Mark Rylance is one of Britain’s most well-known and best-loved actors which has seen him play a huge range of roles from stage to film. His movie work has recently seen him win both Academy and BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Bridge of Spies, as well as having starring roles in the Steven Spielberg version of The BFG as well as Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. His extensive stage work has seen him as Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as three Tony Awards for Jerusalem, Boeing-Boeing and Twelfth Night. He was joined by Jim Lichtscheidl.

Nice Fish is set on an iced-over Lake in Minnesota, where the frozen surface begins to groan and creek. Two men are out angling on the ice, towards the end of the fishing season, fishing for the answers to life’s bigger questions. The hilarious and surreal play ingeniously gives the prose poetry of Louis Jenkins a completely new dimension.

The production was directed by Claire van Kampen, who is best known for her various adaptations of Shakespeare plays, as well as her previous work directing Rylance in plays such as Twelfth Night and Boeing Boeing. An all-star creative team helps to give Nice Fish a beautiful and unique aesthetic, including design by Todd Rosenthal and costumes by Ilona Somogyi, as well as lighting by Japhy Weideman and sound by Scott W. Edwards.

This brilliant new production opened for a run at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End, with previews having began on 15th November 2016 and the production having run until 21st February 2017.
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Fans of the stage and film legend Mark Rylance, should definitely not miss a chance to see him perform in his first ever co-written play. With its wry and surreal humour, as well as the collaboration with director Claire can Kampen, if you saw their previous work Boeing Boeing for which Rylance won both an Olivier and Tony Award and loved it, then this should also be up your street.
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