Category Archives: Theatre Review

Reviews of any theatrical productions we attend. Sometimes glowing, sometimes gloomy, always honest.

Dining with a hat

The Brasserie Restaurant in the Minerva Theatre opposite the Chichester Festival Theatre is incredibly efficient when it comes to serving food in time for their clients to get to their production on time. They are so efficient that sometimes your … Continue reading

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I’m not understanding the metaphor

Today was a Weasel Globe Outing. We were seeing A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I was slightly concerned it would be a bit dreary after the extraordinary Emma Rice version of a few years ago. My fears were unnecessary. It was … Continue reading

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Putting your mother on the roof. Now that’s iconic.

Whenever we go to the theatre, I try and remember a line in order to use it as the title of the corresponding blog post. Usually there’s one really good one that stands out and I tend to be able … Continue reading

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Incomplete sentence

Reverend T Lawrence Shannon has his demons. They turn up every now and then and send him into a spiral. On the surface he isn’t a very nice man. He has a lot of faults but, deep down, masked by … Continue reading

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Puns galore

Last year we saw Sian Eleanor Green play (among other parts) Romeo in the Handlebard’s production of Romeo and Juliet. She was very good (as was the rest of the cast). Tonight we saw her again, this time playing Nick … Continue reading

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Remembering Daphlette

Back in the mid 1990’s, the Blue Mountains Theatre Company mounted a production of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter. Mirinda directed it and I played the lead, Garry Essendine. Among a lot of roles, Garry was easily one of my favourites … Continue reading

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“Why go out to see real people doing stuff?”

Harvey Weinstein has a lot to answer for. Quite apart from the obvious abuse of power, women and generally being an arsehole, he also, it seems, inspired David Mamet to write Bitter Wheat. When I discovered that John Malkovich was … Continue reading

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A different type of Tempest

Last year we went to the Maltings to see Romeo and Juliet performed by the seemingly indefatigable HandleBards. Four actors, quick changes of props and costume and two hours of complete fun wrapped in Elizabethan verse. Shakespeare never seemed quite … Continue reading

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Campy curiosity

When Bob told us we should book tickets for a show called Shen Yun I had no idea he was involved in Cult Collection. Possibly he didn’t either. The fact that he was adamant we’d enjoy it should have been … Continue reading

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Reggie Robinsod

I have always loved the work of Tom Stoppard. The Real Thing (I really should have played Henry!) is one of my favourite plays after all. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a work of genius and who doesn’t like … Continue reading

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