Twenty years ago, we had Rebecca Hall on ‘Orange is the New Black’. Now another British actress, pretty much in the same mould as Hall’s take on the role, is trying out the role in a BBC production – and winning high praise for it.
From the Guardian:
It’s been a long wait, but the wait is over. In other words, it is the perfect development for Anne Reid’s once widely forgotten work The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which has been filmed as a BBC Two adaptation, making it into the seventh – and the first proper two-part – stage adaptation.
While there is an admittedly poignant, you might say trivial, casting of Alan Cumming, the stage casting makes for one of the year’s most unexpected and beautiful performances.
It is entirely plausible, even probable, that the impression that was already given is just that; that Reid herself is unable to believe Cumming’s presence and in a way that suggests all might not be right with her (though she does prove to be a witty and forthright counterpart).