Altered Reality – The Play’s The Thing

A reality show tries to pick a play that can be produced in London’s West End. “Is a West End play different? You’d think the answer would be a straightforward no – a play is a play is a play – but if anything emerges from the first episode, it’s that the concept is indeed nebulous. Sonia Friedman and her fellow judges, agent Mel Kenyon and actor Neil Pearson, row spectacularly as they sift through the 30 shortlisted entrants (cherry-picked from over 2,000 submissions: more than double the number of people who applied for Pop Idol, according to Younghusband).”