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LETTICE & LOVAGE – Menier Chocolate Factory

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So why doesn’t the current production of Lettice and Lovage at the Menier Chocolate Factory push my buttons? I fear it suffers from Forty Years On Syndrome – a circumstance whereby even with what seems like dream casting of Richard Wilson as an irascible headmaster, Alan Bennett’s masterly first play comes up lifeless and irrelevant at Chichester.

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What we’re looking forward to in Chichester Festival’s winter season

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We’re confirmed fans of Chichester Festival Theatre here, and for us their announcement of a new season is a bit like Christmas! The Winter 2016 season has a great range of entertainment and there’s sure to be something for everyone’s tastes! Edward Fox, Liza Goddard, Amanda Holden, Felicity Kendal, Robert Powell, Reece Shearsmith, Ken Stott and Imogen Stubbs are among the stars appearing in plays by writers from Alan Ayckbourn to Ronald Harwood, alongside contemporary work from Frantic Assembly and Spymonkey

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NEWS: Felicity Kendal stars in A Room with a View tour before West End

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Felicity Kendal stars in A Room with a View, adapted from EM Forster’s novel by Simon Reade and directed by Adrian Noble. Full cast is now announced for the production which opens for a two-week run at the Theatre Royal Bath from 28 September to 8 October 2016, before touring until 3 December to Brighton, Richmond, Guildford Norwich, Cambridge and Chichester followed by a West End transfer.

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HAY FEVER – Duke of York’s Theatre, West End

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This is a play I know extremely well. My own production (“one of the best the Nuffield Theatre has housed” – Guardian) formed part of my Theatre Studies degree at Lancaster in 1973, the year Noel Coward died. I have seen every major revival, and some dodgy tours, from the splendid Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray version which first inspired me as a teenager at the Grand Theatre Leeds, to glossy London and Chichester productions with Dame Judi, Maria Aitken, Penelope Keith, Geraldine McEwan and Diana Rigg. And the awful one with Lindsay Duncan strutting about in jodhpurs.

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Review: Hay Fever (Theatre Royal, Brighton)

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My first thoughts on seeing the audience shuffling in to the Theatre Royal Brighton for a Thursday matinee were – ‘if there’s a fire, we’re all toast: most of this lot are old enough to have known Noel Coward personally. Or his dad.’ Thoughts of age are inescapable: apart from anything else, today is leading […]

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Review: Hay Fever (Theatre Royal, Brighton)

In Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

My first thoughts on seeing the audience shuffling in to the Theatre Royal Brighton for a Thursday matinee were – ‘if there’s a fire, we’re all toast: most of this lot are old enough to have known Noel Coward personally. Or his dad.’ Thoughts of age are inescapable: apart from anything else, today is leading […]

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