Category Archives: Theatre

Happy Days

Dir Sarah Frankcom, with Maxine Peake at the Royal Exchange I hadn’t seen this before; I knew about Winnie being buried up to her waist (thank you, Pears Cyclopedia ca. 1973) and assumed it would be the usual Beckettian conundrum with … Continue reading

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The Damned United

A Red Ladder production with Luke Dickson, David Chafer and Jamie Smelt. I knew a basic minimum about Brian Clough and his 44 days as manager of Leeds United in 1974, so I got by as far as subject matter went. It … Continue reading

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Educating Rita

By Willy Russell, director Sarah Punshon, with Lauryn Redding and Andrew Pollard (who looked as if he was born to play Malvolio) I’d never seen this play (or the film version before) and was thoroughly entertained. It’s an updated Pygmalion, … Continue reading

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Private Lives

A witty little 1930 comedy of domestic violence which I’ve only ever “seen”on the radio. Ah, but it was funny and entertaining and made its own rules. And so quick: had the actors spoken at normal speed, it would have … Continue reading

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Guys and Dolls

A performance by the Talawa Theatre Company at the Royal Exchange. Loesser’s music and wit-packed lyrics (“Take back your mink / To from whence it came”) make this my favourite musical, and this was a pretty good production. I still … Continue reading

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Dir: Sally Cookson at the West Yorkshire Playhouse Theatrical wizardry with a dash of pantomime, but otherwise rather unengaging (for an adult without the passport of a child to the world of make-believe). But the wizardry was brilliant: the Witch … Continue reading

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For Love or Money

A Northern Broadsides production at the Theatre Royal, York. “Broadside” is an apt description for this play: it side-swiped me with its wit, pace, colour and nimble footwork so that, during the performance, I had no time or inclination to … Continue reading

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