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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

Aspects of ageing

We all know the harsher facts of 21st Century life. Perhaps save for in some distant, Third World, geographically-or-climate-change-challenged countries, continents and regions, the civilised human world faces an innumerable series of societal issues of which ongoing medical advances and healthy [...]

August 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Half a Sixpence

Having suffered through No Man’s Land it was an unadulterated pleasure to visit  the Chichester Festival Theatre for Half A Sixpence. I remember the impact that musical and film with Tommy Steele had on me for the perception of the cruelty of the upper class provincial snob. The story as [...]

August 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

No Mans Land

There is a considerable body of theatrical opinion that holds that Harold Pinter is Britain’s greatest living playwright and another less vocal one that cannot fathom his works. I belong to the second school. Last night I saw No Man’s Land at the Theatre Royal  Brighton. I was more [...]

August 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

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