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A Tale of Two Cities/ Theatre Royal Brighton

This season the Theatre Royal have dramatised 4 well known novels: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, A Room With a View,  A Tale of Two Cities and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. It’s a challenge to set one art genre, the literary one, on another (the theatrical), but in this superb production [...]

November 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

Breakfast at Tiffany’s/ Theatre Royal

To dramatise on stage a much loved enduring film is an ambitious task and in this case a failed one. My theatre companion a schoolteacher but capable theatre director put his finger on it with his words after curtain call “There is big hole in the centre”.  The leading role was played [...]

October 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Shakespeare news

‘As any fule no’ [the classic Molesworth quote – from the legendary spoof books first written in 1953 by Geoffrey Willans, illustrated by Ronald Searle] 23rd April this year was widely marked as the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. While some may seek to argue as to whether [...]

October 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

A Room With A View/Theatre Royal Brighton

A literary memory from my school is a discussion on novelists in which the head master termed E. M Forster a “weak writer”. There was much consternation over this but it discoloured my appreciation of him. I have made various attempts to read A Room With a View with little success and [...]

October 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

This House/ Chichester Festival Theatre

If you were an aspiring playwright your  play would be unlikely to be about the machinations of the Whips Offices of both parties in the Labour government of 1974-79. Yet this was precisely what James Graham wrote successfully  in This House. This was first dramatised at the National Theatre in [...]

October 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

Theatre review: This House (Minerva, Chichester Festival Theatre)

Yesterday I joined an old pal, a man of extensive property interests, for lunch in a hotel restaurant in Chichester. He was holed up there after doing a spot of business in the morning which had seemingly gone particularly well, for as I arrived he announced that we were to be served a bottle of [...]

October 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

Acting tales

Yesterday I had a lunch with a good pal and conversation turned to actors and acting. My friend once shared a flat long ago with Alan Dobie and is still good friends with David Warner. These may not not be household names but in their day were highly respected, successful actors of stage and [...]

October 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Dresser/ Theatre Royal

The Dresser by Sir Ronald Harwood is a play I know well and have seen many times. The playwright, who was the dresser of Sir Donald Wolfit, in a programme note refutes the suggestion that the central character ‘Sir’ was modelled upon the celebrated actor manager. However it is [...]

September 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

Relatively Speaking

I have written before that critics do not take Alan Ayckbourn as seriously as they should as he is viewed as commercial and popular. Having suffered through Pinter’s No Man’s Land at this very theatre I found two hours of cleverly constructed farce a great source of entertainment and [...]

September 10, 2016 // 0 Comments


Yesterday I went to see Aladdin the musical. It was a slick production as you might expect from Disney which bore little relation to the pantomime version. For a start it was set not in China but in Aqaba and the flavour was Arabian rather than Oriental. The costumes and sets were stunning and [...]

September 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

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