Alistair McGowan stars in a new production of Dylan Thoma’s Under Milk Wood, which forms part of the Watermill Theatre, Newbury’s 50th-anniversary programme.
There is greatness in joking at the mouth of Hell; especially if those jokes are part of comradeship, a gift to those alongside. A hundred years ago in the ruins of Ypres, a weary, dusty group of the 24th Sherwood Foresters were scavenging for things to shore up the battered trenches, and chanced upon a hand-fed printing machine and some trays of type.
The Watermill Theatre today announces the full company for its summer production of Gershwins’ CRAZY FOR YOU opening on 28 July until 17 September 2016, with a press night on 3 August. West End leading lady, Caroline Sheen makes her Watermill debut as Polly and joins previously announced Tom Chambers, who plays Bobby.
It is a rare treat to visit Newbury’s charmingly situated Watermill Theatre and Luke Sheppard’s Oliver! more than makes the journey worthwhile. On arrival and in one of the most innovative mise-en-scenes, as the audience mingle on the lawn outside sipping Pimms and G&Ts, the cast’s ragamuffin kids dart about, not picking pockets but offering to shine shoes for a sixpence. It’s a charming touch.