If I have been overly harsh, I apologise, and I’m sure many audience members found aspects to enjoy in The Final Curtain, however, if ‘cosy crime’ is your thing, I think you’d be better off sticking to ITV3 repeats.
Undemanding: A lavish staging and some spirited performances cannot redeem a thin script in the Theatre Royal Bath and Kenny Wax’s touring production of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain.
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain is thinly plotted and shows that, despite having two accomplished, leading actors in Robert Powell and Liza Goddard, it is time to permanently retire the nation’s favourite, once great, consulting detective.
Theatre Royal Bath will present three new in-house production in its spring 2018 season: new Harley Granville Barker discovery Agnes Colander, directed by Trevor Nunn; the UK premiere of Samuel D Hunter’s The Whale; and Simon Reade’s take on Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain.
If you’re an Ayckbourn fan, there’s plenty to enjoy here, and if you’ve not seen his work before – well where better to start than at the beginning?
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
This is an artful wheeze. Take the story from the sunniest of films, a 1957 cheer-up British Lion starring Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford and Bernard Miles. Bolt on some classic Irving Berlin songs, and you’ve jukeboxed a stage musical. Director-writer Thom Sutherland has done this – fresh from a London success with Grand Hotel – for a cheerful touring show with a six-piece band. I saw it at the Mercury, which produces it, before it squares its shoulders and toots off round the country. A thin Monday house was hard to stir, but the frolicking energy of the cast and the sheer good-humoured Ealingness of the story got us going. Hard not to, with so much help from the Berlin tunes and lyrics.
A brand new Alan Ayckbourn comedy, his 74th, celebrating he’s now twice a prolific as Shakespeare, comes as close to London as its six month tour permits (Richmondthis week, Windsor next) and seems to ask ‘am I ready for the West End?’ It has some familiar ingredients: three differently disappointed wives, three feckless or inert […]
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