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Review: The Sound Of Music (Chichester Festival Theatre)

Last weekend – somewhat out of the blue – I received an invitation to attend the penultimate evening performance of the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Rogers & Hammerstein’s musical The Sound of Music and was only too happy to accept. There can scarcely be a Ruster unaware [...]

September 6, 2023 // 0 Comments

Revival of Bill Naughton’s Spring and Port Wine

For personal reasons which I will divulge later I was so delighted to hear that Bill Naughton’s Spring and Port Wine is to be revived at the Octagon Theatre Bolton. Bill Naughton was of poor Irish stock in County Mayo and moved to Bolton where he bagged and delivered coal. His breakthrough as a [...]

February 11, 2023 // 0 Comments

Mother Goose (Chichester Festival Theatre)

Yesterday – having bought tickets on a relatively last-minute whim – my partner and I went to the Chichester Festival Theatre to see the 5.00pm performance of the touring pantomime Mother Goose, starring Sir Ian McKellen as Mother Goose and comedian John Bishop as his/her husband Vic Goose. The [...]

February 11, 2023 // 0 Comments

Noises Off/Theatre Royal Brighton

The amazing thing about Michael Frayn’s pastiche of the British bedroom farce – Noises Off – is that it was first staged 40 years ago. Even though the genre of such Whitehall farces hardly exists (remember the long running No Sex Please We’re British) this one is still regularly [...]

October 20, 2022 // 0 Comments

Cabaret at the Kitkat Club/Playhouse Theatre

My connection with this musical goes back a long way. The two Berlin novels by Christopher Isherwood on which they were based (Mr Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin) made a huge impression on me as a kid through their  graphic depiction of the final days of the Weimar Republic and the [...]

October 15, 2022 // 0 Comments

Crazy for You/Chichester Festival Theatre

This exuberant production maintains the high levels of Chichester Festival Theatre which makes an annual trip to their musical an enjoyable event. Crazy for You has an unusual genesis as the musical – whilst reliant on George and Ira Gershwin’s songbook – was not written by them but [...]

August 25, 2022 // 0 Comments

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations – a National Rust view

We asked our correspondents in various fields for their views on last weekend’s Celebrations. SPORT I thought sport was underrepresented. We have had three World Cup wins by men during Her Majesty’s reign – in Football, Cricket and Rugby Union. Women have won four in Cricket and 2 in [...]

June 7, 2022 // 0 Comments

The Lady Boys of Bangkok

The Lady Boys of Bangkok are a touring troupe of Thai transvestites who dance, sing and do burlesque and bawdy acts. They normally play in Brighton in a pavilion during the Brighton Festival for a month commencing May 6th.  I went to see them yesterday inviting a young companion. Their’s is [...]

June 2, 2022 // 0 Comments

The Blue Angel (1930)

The Blue Angel ignited the film career of Marlene Dietrich, then aged 28, and her film career going nowhere. Just another struggling Berlin actress. Fortunately for her director Josef von Sternberg cast her in The Blue Angel a cooperation that was to make six films for Paramount and lift her to [...]

May 11, 2022 // 0 Comments

Peter Bowles (1936-2022)

I was much saddened by the passing of Peter Bowles aged 85. As a fan of Rumpole of the Bailey I enjoyed him as the smooth but thick Guthrie Featherstone QC, a typical John Mortimer depiction of a rich Tory. I have a connection to the programme. Jonathan Coy, who played the clerk Henry, is an old [...]

March 21, 2022 // 0 Comments

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