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An American in Paris/Dominion Theatre

There are those high brow theatregoers who often say “I don’t like musicals’, sneering at their perceived lower form of cultural life but not me. Apart from anything else, it demands extraordinary skills from the cast in terms of acting, dancing, singing and energy. At its best [...]

May 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Forty Years On

I saw the original production of Forty Years On at the Apollo Theatre in 1968 and Alan Bennett’s play made a deep impression on me. It had a strong cast featuring John Gielgud as the headmaster, Paul Eddington as his liberal successor, Alan Bennett as the schoolteacher Tempest and amongst the [...]

May 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Taking a well-deserved bow

Generally I am not a great fan of self-congratulatory showbiz entertainment awards evenings, especially British ones, because as a nation we are too self-effacing to embrace the process with the unashamed brio and sense of elan required for them to ‘work’ as events. Our American [...]

February 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Back to Black

I’m not saying that I know I’m preaching to the converted but it will come as no surprise to regular visitors to this website that a recurring theme is not nostalgia per se, or indeed any notion that Fings Ain’t Wot They Used Ter Be, but a simple (and some might like to think logical) common [...]

January 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Boys In the Band

I can remember when  the film The Boys In The Band was released in 1970 after the play had a successful run of 1000 performances in New York. My father liked it as an interesting depiction of diverse gays – my parents were always tolerant of homosexuals which was unusual for middle class [...]

November 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

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

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