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‘Entertaining comedy with pathos’: JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN – National Theatre

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“What will happen in England after we have won this war? Bunting! Bunting everywhere!” Richard Bean and Oliver Chris’ new play Jack Absolute Flies Again at the National Theatre takes R.B. Sheridan’s 1775 farce The Rivals and updates the setting to a Sussex country house in The Battle of Britain. The romantic pursuits, mistaken identities and malapropisms from The Rivals are combined with Bean’s typically bawdy sense of humour, some impressive aerial dogfights and a dose of WWII patriotism. The result is an entertaining, albeit safe and slightly too long, comedy with pathos.

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NEWS: Imogen Stubbs, Henry Goodman & Katie Brayben star in Joanna Murray-Smith’s Honour at Park Theatre

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Acclaimed performers Henry Goodman, Imogen Stubbs, Katie Brayben and Natalie Simpson will star in Joanna Murray-Smith’s compelling drama Honour. The hit play about a marriage in crisis is revived at London’s Park Theatre from 25 October to 24 November 2018 (press night is 30 October). With a cast like that, it’s time to get booking!

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Year in Review: Matt Merritt’s performances of 2016

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2016 is nearly over and, despite not getting to see nearly as much theatre as we’d like at Sitting in the Cheap Seats, we’ve seen lots of performances that we will long remember. We couldn’t list all the people who have really impressed us over the past year but the folks below brought their characters to life with performances that made us laugh, cry and kept us thinking long after we left the theatre!

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KING LEAR – RSC, Barbican Centre

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For many actors Lear is the ultimate role, hence the proliferation of productions that appear every year. In 2016 alone we’ve had Timothy West, Don Warrington and Michael Pennington all pop up in the role and Glenda Jackson is currently giving us a female perspective over at the Old Vic. RSC stalwart Antony Sher’s take on the role has been something we’ve been waiting a few years for… so how does he do?