I saw Electra at the Old Vic at the weekend. Everyone I know who has seen it has said it was fantastic and most of the reviews have been incredibly positive. I was expecting a fantastic night at the theatre, especially as Kristin Scott Thomas is such a phenomenal actress, but sadly I thought it was absolutely terrible. I have no idea why the Director thought that it would be a good idea to have Scott Thomas play many of her lines for laughs, which completely destroyed any notion of the play being a tragedy. It was hard to feel anything but indifference and frankly, mild amusement, at Scott Thomas' overplayed moments of writhing around on the floor in apparent grief-stricken agony when she had been exchanging sarcastic repartee with her friends just moments earlier. It was poorly judged, poorly acted and really quite awkward to watch. My 14 year old Drama students could have done a better job. I can't understand the rave reviews at all; it just goes to show how subjective the Arts are!