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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.

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Review of Terence Rattigan’s While The Sun Shines (LINKED) at Bath Theatre Royal, directed by Christopher Luscombe with Alexandra Dowling and Tamla Kari from “The Musketeers” TV series. A pin-sharp beautifully directed farce, (though I have some issues with Rattigan’s dialogue).

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I’ve added a rare culinary rant, Chorizo is Vile. (LINKED) Comments welcome.

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We went to see the RSC “A Play For The Nation” version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream again. We saw it in February, and went to the last day of the run and tour (with a new set of rude mechanicals, The Belvoir Playersfrom Belfast). Amazingly it was even better second time, and it gets a full review rather than being tacked on to February’s review.

 

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Review of the Cameron Mackintosh & Disney musical, MARY POPPINS (Linked) at Norwich Theatre Royal as part of its tour. A huge production.

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The Globe’s latest version of Macbeth – Globe 2016, with Ray Fearon as Macbeth and Tara Fitzgerald as Lady Macbeth, has divided critics, with reviews ranging from one star to five star. Iqbal Khan’s version has stirred things up. Follow the link to see what I thought.

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Review of The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, by Daniel Jamieson. (FOLLOW LINK). The story of Marc and Bella Chagall, told with colour, music, dance, mime and every theatrical device. Directed by Emma Rice for Kneehigh / Bristol Old Vic.

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