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About Tim Holford-Smith

Despite running his architectural practice full-time, Tim is a frequent theatre-goer and occasional am-dram producer. More Posts

South Pacific

It was good after such a lengthy absence to see live theatre again. My last visit was possibly at the self-same Chichester Theatre to see Fiddler on the Roof. Similarly South Pacific carries a deeper message of racial prejudice. You cannot go wrong with this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic as it [...]

July 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Happy Haven/John Arden

Bob Tickler recently received an unusual item by email from an old school friend – namely, the programme of a play The Happy Haven by John Arden which was a school play by his junior school in which he had a non-speaking role as a Lady Mayoress. He forwarded it onto me and asked if I knew [...]

March 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

Blithe Spirit (1945)

It was a mix of incompetence and coincidence that led to me watching this week the DVD of David Lean’s 1945 production of the Noel Coward play Blithe Spirit recently again released as a film. I fancied listening to some of the songs composed and sung by The Master. I recall my parents stack of [...]

January 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

The gay issue

There has been quite a debate over the wholly gay casting of Russell Davies’ latest offering It’s A Sin. On the Radio 4 show Start The Week presented by Andrew Marr on Mondays Russell Davies defended the casting on the grounds that there was unfair prejudice to gay parts. There should be, [...]

January 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

Woke frustration

One aspect of contemporary arts which consistently irritates me is the random woke application. A good example of this was a programme I saw recently on Channel Four entitled The 100 Greatest Musicals. I enjoy such programmes for the clips from the musicals and input from film historians and [...]

January 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

Fiddler on the Roof

Last night on Sky Arts there was a fascinating programme about the continuing appeal of Fiddler on the Roof since its first Broadway production of Jerome Robbins in 1964. Every day since then there has been a production of the musical somewhere in the world. I was fortunate to see the first London [...]

December 31, 2020 // 0 Comments

La Traviata

This Sir Richard Eyre production was streamed last night by Covent Garden. It was – thank goodness – a traditional representation of Verdi’s masterpiece based on Alexandre Dumas’s The Lady of the Camelias.   It benefits from a strong story line of Violetta (Hrachuki Bajseoz) a [...]

May 9, 2020 // 0 Comments

Leopoldstadt

Whilst a new play by 82 year old Tom Stoppard is a significant theatrical event, your correspondent cannot be numbered amongst his greatest fans. For me he is more of a wordsmith than a playwright and too clever by half. He has a talent for comic writing but I have always felt unfulfilled by his [...]

March 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

Cinderella/ New Wimbledon Theatre

I have a hate-love-love relationship with panto. I rarely look forward to it but always enjoy it. The exuberance, the children in the audience’s evident enthusiasm, the costumes, the traditions and joie de vivre all subsume except if I was going  to the anti-austerity panto foisted on [...]

December 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

Oklahoma! – Chichester Festival Theatre

Readers might recall that when I purchased my matinee ticket for Oklahoma the box office informed me it was a “relaxed” performance. This was defined in the programme as one for those in the autistic spectrum. The box office lady said I should expect some attending to shout out and move about [...]

August 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

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