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Hay Fever – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

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Writer: Noel Coward Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Harriet Brace A touch of Coward comedy is just the ticket as Glasgow prepares to welcome Spring. With a country house setting, bright young things, talk of open air and silly games, Hay Fever breaths fresh life into a city finally emerging from Winter and follows a Citz season heavy with dark, brooding ...

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Wanting the Moon – Bread and Roses Theatre, London

Writer and performer: Rose Collis Director: Keith Drinkel Reviewer: Scott Matthewman By all accounts, Clemence Dane was a fascinating person. Born Winifred Ashton in 1888, she gained her greatest fame after assuming a pseudonym based on the church of St Clement Danes on the Strand. An actor, artist, novelist and playwright, after moving into screenplay writing she won an Oscar, ...

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Home Chat – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Martin Parr Reviewer: Daniel Perks In a decade on the brink of change, a familial unit is found caught between worlds. The matriarchs of the Ebony household, Agnes Ebony (Polly Adams) and Violet Chilham (Joanna David), take a conservative view of life – women should not be free to travel without spouses on trains, or to ...

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Present Laughter – Richmond Theatre, London

The Cast of Present Laughter

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: T. L. Wiswell Incipient environmental disaster, fanaticism, human rights abuses - isn't it nice once in a while to go to the theatre to escape the horrors of the world rather than to see them reproduced on stage? It is in hope of a night of entertainment that a production of a Noel ...

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Present Laughter – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Kris Hallett Another night another West. The night after Timothy West climbed the mountain of Lear for the fourth time in his career, his son Sam takes up the gauntlet with his own bravura stage role as Gary Essendine in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter. It’s an old-fashioned barnstorming leading role; hardly off the ...

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Private Lives – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Private Lives - Mercury Theatre Colchester

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Michael Gray   “Quite amusing. A bit dated.” That was a soundbite in the rush to the bar after Act Two. Possibly the same gentleman who was gently snoring during the quieter Deauville scenes. I hope he stayed (awake) to see stuffy, "I'm glad I'm normal", Prynne kissed unexpectedly on the lips... Despite ...

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Think No Evil of Us: My Life with Kenneth Williams – St George’s Hall, Liverpool

David Benson as Kenneth Williams

Writer and Performer: David Benson Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin The driving force of this one-man show is the superb skill of David Benson’s mimicry.Recreating the snorting laugh and haughty tones of camp comic Kenneth Williams is guaranteed to bring an outbreak of giggles from an audience generously made up of people from the bus-pass fraternity, and Benson’s ability to ape others ...

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Private Lives – Bath Theatre Royal

Private Lives 2016 UK Tour Production Image

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Tom Attenborough Reviewer: Kris Hallett   Noel Coward knocked out Private Lives in just four days, and in the process created one of the great comic plays of the theatre. Brimming with bon mots, stinging one-liners and wrapping it round three perfectly constructed acts, he also created two of his great roles in Elyot and Amanda. ...

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