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LETTICE & LOVAGE – Menier Chocolate Factory

In Comedy, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

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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FORTY YEARS ON – Chichester

In Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

This 1968 revue-style play, a tapestry of national memory and mockery, affectionate nostalgia and determined revolution, encapsulates exactly that conflict in the British heart. To revive it in a Brexit year, as we grasp more urgently the dangers of harking-back by the wrong people, is a canny if risky move by the theatre’s new leader Daniel Evans.