Category Archives: Theatre

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night was the first Shakespeare our class had to read. Fourth form, I think. It culminated in a visit the Derngate Theatre – Jane Lapotaire as Viola and Frank Thornton as Malvolio. Judging by the frequency of productions of … Continue reading

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Cyrano

A Northern Broadsides production based on the play by Edmond Rostand, adapted by Deborah McAndrew. It was great fun – a complete theatrical experience with singing and dancing. And the nose.  Always entertaining and occasionally moving . . . and all … Continue reading

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Sweet Charity

At the Royal Exchange. Book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Dir: Derek Bond, with Kaisa Hammarlund as Charity Hope Valentine. Great fun and exuberantly staged, although I’m not sure that the round is right … Continue reading

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No Man’s Land

This was a film of the live version of the staged play, so it was an odd mixture of watching a recording of something that was once live, but with close-ups and detail usually only visible in cinema. I came … Continue reading

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The Life of Riley

This was an amateur dramatic production, so I shan’t be too critical . . . but two of the actors were so much better than the other four that it was like watching two plays at the same time. I’m … Continue reading

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