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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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After the Ball – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Writer: Ian Grant Director: Nadia Papachronopoulou Reviewer: Stephen Bates As with the old music hall song, many a heart is aching in After the Ball. Ian Grant’s new play is a London working class family saga spanning more than 60 years in the 20th Century, but, sadly, it buckles under the weight of its own over-ambition. With World War I ...

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The MGM Story – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Writer: Chris Burgess Director and Choreographer: Matthew Cole Musical Director: Charlie Ingles Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Expecting a catalogue show of classic MGM numbers is a good enough reason to make the trip up the Highgate hill to see this. However, that expectation will be cracked wide apart by an intelligent, very interesting and sweet look at one of the powerhouses ...

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Comeback! The Karl Marx Musical – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Writers: Maximilian Reeg, Steffen Lukas, Tobias Kunzel Director: Harry Meacher Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Comrades! The spirit of Karl Marx has risen in Highgate, and he’s returned to retract his thesis on capitalism to help a banker recoup his lost earnings after a recent financial crash. That probably doesn’t sound like something Marx would do, a bizarre suggestion perhaps, but ...

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Bette Midler and Me – Upstairs At The Gatehouse, London

Writer: Chris Burgess Director: Paul Foster Musically Director: Sarah Travis Reviewer: Dan Humphrey   Bette Midler and Me, tells the story of Bette Midler's rise to stardom from Hawaii to Broadway and beyond, contrasted against Sue Kelvin’s own rise from bit parts in the school play to the west end casts of Wicked, Chicago and more. To help Sue tell ...

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The Goodbye Girl – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Book: Neil Simon Music: Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics: David Zippel Director: Adam Lenson Reviewer: Harry Stern   It is a distant memory, but an unpleasant one sure enough. The combination of actors Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason performing the words of the masterful Neil Simon led to a keenness of anticipation for the film of The Goodbye Girl back in the ...

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Singin’ in the Rain – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Writers: Betty Comden and Adolph Green Music/Lyrics: Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed Director: John Plews Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Stage productions of this classic 1951 MGM musical seem to come round almost as regularly as rainy summers, yet all of them must have to face up to the same conundrum - how can you top something when a definitive ...

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The Blonde Bombshells of 1943 – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Writer: Alan Plater Director: John Plews Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A schoolgirl, an army driver and a nun walk into an audition… no, this isn’t the start of an elaborate joke but the plot of The Blonde Bombshells of 1943 performed Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate. Europe is at war and several members of an all-female band have been lured ...

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