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CD REVIEW: Worzel Gummidge: The Musical – Original Cast Recording

Music: Denis King Book and Lyrics: Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall Reviewer: Mark Clegg People who were not fortunate to be around at the time of its original broadcast may find it difficult to understand the appeal of the television show Worzel Gummidge. Only in the late 1970s could a family programme be so bizarre and potentially downright terrifying. A ...

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NEWS: Worzel Gummidge musical cast recording makes CD debut

Continuing their series of ‘lost’ British theatre scores, Stage Door Records are to release the original London cast recording of the 1981 musical Worzel Gummidge on November 10th. Based on the hit TV series and Barbara Euphan Todd’s children’s classic writers Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall and composer Denis King created a new stage musical adaptation of the story. Featuring the ...

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Billy Liar – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Laura Maley Billy Fisher is an office clerk, living with his parents and grandmother. He stays out too late, and dates multiple girls. He doesn’t get on with his father and his mother is frequently told she is too lenient with him. So far, so humdrum. But Billy lies. Whether ...

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NEWS: Surrane Jones opens Royal Exchange’s Spring/Summer 2014 Season

Award winning TV and stage actress Surrane Jones is set to star in Virginia Woolf’s gender swapping production Orlando at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre from 20th February – she was last seen at the Exchange in Noel Coward’s Blythe Spirit in 2009. Following on from Orlando is a new production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing which will be helmed ...

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Good Grief – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer : Keith Waterhouse Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Steve Turner [Rating:4] Good Grief, set in 1990, tells the story of recently widowed June Pepper (Penelope Keith) and her attempts to deal with the loss of her husband the editor of a tabloid newspaper. Arriving back at her decent sized house after the memorial service she is straight on to the ...

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Good Grief- Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Keith Waterhouse Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Nathanael Kent [rating:3]   It is rare for actors to return to a rôle they have previously played, especially in a different production, but Penelope Keith has done just that in this new revival of Keith Waterhouse’s play, based on his novel of the same name, Good Grief. June Pepper (Keith) is a ...

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Good Grief – Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Keith Waterhouse Director: Tom Little Reviewer: Rebecca Brown [Rating:3] Grief is a funny thing. How often do we tell a quick joke to laugh off something that cuts deeper than we let on? Keith Waterhouse’s Good Grief, an adaptation of his own novel of the same name, understands that laughter can offer a cathartic release from pain and that ...

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