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“The Deep Blue Sea” at Chichester

Posted by RDN under On theatre on 4 August 2011. One comment.

The reviewers mostly got this right, as to the production. But several missed the main point about the nature of Rattigan’s themes, and especially as we see them at work in this play. More »

“The Syndicate” at Chichester

Posted by RDN under On theatre on 4 August 2011. No comments.

This is a wonderful show, and Dominic Maxwell in The Times gets it more right, I think, than Michael Billington in the Guardian. But I would briefly add… More »

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at Chichester

Posted by RDN under On theatre on 27 May 2011. One comment.

It’s bad form to write crits of shows before Press Night, and this note isn’t going to do that… More »

She Loves Me: a CFT Minerva cracker

Posted by RDN under On theatre on 20 May 2011. No comments.

A slowish beginning and only one sure-fire hit song in the whole show. But The Times and Telegraph are right to rave and I add only a couple of things about this intense piece of magic….

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RDN on Rattigan & Flare Path & more

Posted by RDN under On theatre on 15 March 2011. No comments.

I feel a bit guilty horning in on the Rattigan-fest. My connection is through my heroic half-uncle and his rather interesting role in Flare Path‘s arriving on the London stage. Anyway, I did my best to do justice to the circumstances in “Rattigan worked with a monkey on his lap and overlooked by curious and unsober airmen”,  in the Independent in August 1995, when Flare Path was revived at the Bristol Old Vic.

Modernity weakens Ibsen’s Master Builder

Posted by RDN under On theatre on 1 October 2010. No comments.

There are two powerful central performances in the Minerva’s The Master Builder. Everyone else is strong. The set’s lovely. So why doesn’t this show quite work? More »

Stoppard and Sheridan at Chichester

Posted by RDN under On theatre on 14 August 2010. No comments.

Two sparky delights. But were they one tad too perfect, too technical? More »

Shaw’s “Pygmalion” at Chichester Festival Theatre

Posted by RDN under On theatre on 7 August 2010. No comments.

The audience was lively by Chi standards, and that sort of swept one along… More »

“Ragged Trousered Philanthropists” at Chichester

Posted by RDN under On theatre on 26 July 2010. No comments.

We paid £50-odd for our two tickets, and added to it nearly £9 to buy the script by Howard Brenton. We left at half-time, and would willingly have paid a little more than£25 to be out of the place. The £9 was so I could reassure myself that there wasn’t some second act bombshell which made this dire piece worth watching. More »

Schiller’s Wallenstein at Chichester

Posted by RDN under On theatre on 30 May 2009. No comments.

Mike Poulton’s latest excursion into adapting Friedrich Schiller provides my first into seeing any of the great German’s work. It was a lot more swashbuckling (schlossbuckling, one might say) than I expected. More »

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