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Hare and Rattigan at Chichester

This was a superb The Browning Version with every nuance of the main characters richly and neatly done. Perhaps the headmaster was an ounce too bouncily nasty. Naturally enough. it's the Hare homage, votive offering, re-calibration (or whatever) of Rattigan which had even more of one's attention. Here's a first bash at an appreciation.... Read more...

Published

29 September 2011

“The Deep Blue Sea” at Chichester

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. Read more...

Published

04 August 2011

“The Syndicate” at Chichester

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... Read more...

Published

04 August 2011

She Loves Me: a CFT Minerva cracker

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.... Read more...

Published

20 May 2011

RDN on Rattigan & Flare Path & more

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 Read more...

Published

15 March 2011

“Ragged Trousered Philanthropists” at Chichester

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. Read more...

Published

26 July 2010
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