Images from the first staging of That Face, at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow. Directed by Andy Arnold.
British theater simply doesn’t equate to commercial success in America as a rule. There are definitely great exceptions — God of Carnage, History Boys, etc. — but they do better critically than they do commercially, by and large. British theater critics are even more prone to hyperbole than American ones so there’s really no telling how Americans are going to react. People thought Journey’s End was going to stomp through Broadway, it ended up closing in 2008…on the day it won the Tony. Big “ouch” from everyone on Broadway. Then again, between Billy Elliot rocking box office wraps and War Horse — a big, technical production with giant puppet-horses — on its way over, British theater’s making some serious play for American dollars in US houses. The good money’s on the buck — or the pound — stopping with the boy ballerinos.