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INTERVIEW: 91-year-old James Hugh Macdonald on his debut play, Happy Warriors.

In the same week that Britain’s two eldest men celebrated their 110th birthdays, James Hugh Macdonald, in comparison a sprightly 91-year-old, saw his debut play, Happy Warriors receive its world premiere at the Gatehouse Theatre in London. Having worked in both journalism and the Diplomatic Service before retirement, Macdonald took almost 10 years to write his first play. Based on ...

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Brideshead Revisited, Richmond Theatre, London

English Touring Theatre's Brideshead Revisited

Writer: Evelyn Waugh Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Damian Cruden Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Evelyn Waugh's 1945 novel Brideshead Revisited is probably better known, and more beloved, because of the sumptuous 1981 ITV adaptation by John Mortimer than because of the novel itself. Even Waugh, writing in 1950, described the gluttony of its pre-war nostalgia as "distasteful". But a half century on, ...

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Brideshead Revisited – Theatre Royal, Bath

English Touring Theatre's Brideshead Revisited

Writer: Evelyn Waugh Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Damian Cruden Reviewer: Claire Hayes   Evelyn Waugh’s captivating novel of the privileged but doomed Flyte family, as retold through the memories of Captain Charles Ryder, is given a bold and striking pared-back treatment in English Touring Theatre’s new production. It promises much, yet doesn’t quite deliver to that promise. Set in that ...

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