Strife review

Review of John Galsworthy’s play “Strife” at the Minerva Theatre at Chichester. Powerful performances in a 1909 industrial dispute … far more interesting than it sounds!


The latest graded ELT Reader in the Garnet Oracle Classics series is now available. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Retold by Peter Viney. Dickens is particularly irritating for adaptors, in that he loves convoluted indirect narrative. In the end the storyline is so absorbing that it’s worth the effort. Even in the graded ELT version, I STILL feel that ending very moving.

A Tale of Two Cities garnet

A Midsummer Night’s Dream reviewed at Bath Theatre Royal   (FOLLOW THE LINK) I think that will be six performances I’ve seen of my favourite play this year. This one features Phill Jupitus as Bottom.


The three plays at the National Theatre in the Young Chekhov Season are transfers from Chichester last year with the same cast. The original Chichester Reviews can be found at YOUNG CHEKHOV SEASON here. Individual play links are:
The Seagull


Picture is from Platonov which we enjoyed most of the three.

Review of “Jason Bourne” the fourth in the series, set in Athens, Berlin, London and Las Vegas. Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones and Vincent Cassell add heavyweight acting ability to the series.

Jason Bourne (2016)

Tommy Lee Jones as CIA Director Dewey and Alicia Vikander.

Review added of Fracked! Or Please Don’t Use The F-Word. (FOLLOW LINK) by Alistair Beaton at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre. This is a new play (complete with Brexit jokes) that divided the critics. W thought it both funny, and an interesting look at “democracy” rather than simply “hydraulic fracking.” Oliver Chris is the PR Man for Deerland Energy, who want to start fracking in Elizabeth (Anne Reid) and Jack’s  (James Bolam) village.


Review of Half A Sixpence, (FOLLOW LINK) at Chichester Festival Theatre 2016. This is a new version of the 1963 musical, 1967 film (based on H.G. Wells’ novel Kipps), with a new “book” by Julian Fellowes, and with new songs while retaining the classic originals. Starring Charlie Kemp, a 22 year old unknown as Arthur Kipps, and indeed, “a star is born.” This will be a massive success for years. Catch it early at Chichester! With their stage, it will never look better. NOW WITH PHOTOS ADDED



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