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Matthew Bourne's THE CAR MAN returns to Sadler's Wells 
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25 November 
at the 
Libby Purves 
Aled Jones is wonderful. Honestly. He is. This contentedly hokey stage revival of Irving Berlin’s 1954 seasonal heartwarmer is his West End debut, but you’d never know it: not only because he sings with a fluid insouciant ease which relaxes you into the classic songs with a sensation not unlike swimming with dolphins. He dances, not half badly, though less spectacularly than the amazing Tom Chambers as his mate Phil. In its terms a treat. By the time the snow falls on us all and a prolonged curtain call of velvet-and-tinsel-and-fur-hat chorines has hoofed its last, we are ready for Christmas.
27 November 
at the 
Libby Purves 
One of the remarkable things about Emlyn Williams’ 1950 play, with two quite superb performances from Alexander Hanson and Abigail Cruttenden, is that you believe in this marriage. But as the first act ends the author detonates his bomb. And if we have been lulled into a period-play mood, reflecting smugly on how different things were in 1950 we are jolted into reality. No detailed spoilers, but quite apart from Hanson’s terrific evocation of shock and regret, the performance of Bruce Alexander as the blackmailer is fabulous. Truthful, moving, heartbreaking and shockingly funny. A real find.
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The Evening Standard Theatre Award nominations have been announced. 
I am happy to report that many of our favourites this year have been included. It will be difficult for the judges to decide on the winners, and indeed it is difficult for any one of us, who has seen the nominees, to choose between them. 
We don't really want to choose between Tom Hiddleston as Coriolanus and Mark Strong as Eddie Carbone in A View From the Bridge, do we?
Shortlisted: Gillian Anderson, A Streetcar Named Desire; Tom Hiddleston, Coriolanus; Billie Piper, Great Britain; Kristin Scott Thomas, Electra  
(Pics: Johan Persson, Alastair Muir, Tristram Kenton)
Or between Gillian Anderson in A Street Car Named Desire and Helen McCrory and Kristin Scott Thomes as Medea and Electra. But we must, or rather the judges must. I know not everyone liked this production of Streetcar but Ms Anderson is always good, and so was Ms McCrory and Ms Scott Thomas (although we were unable to take you to see them). 
We also have to choose between Yael Farber (The Crucible) and Ivo van Hove (A View From The Bridge) as Best Director - difficult! 
The Best Play must surely be King Charles III, though some of our Group may disagree. 
And is the Best Musical The Scottsboro Boys or Sunny Afternoon
Then there's the category of Emerging Talent. We think John Dagleish, the lead performer in Sunny Afternoon, is certainly a talent, and fellow nominee Rob Hastie, director of My Night With Reg (who attended our Group's post-performance Q&A) has certainly emerged! 
But we don't share others' enthusiasm for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. 
The awards will be presented at the London Palladium on Sunday 30 November. 
You can see the full list of categories and nominees by clicking HERE
Mike   18/11/14 
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Palace Theatre: 4.40  Chalkwell Schools: 4.45  Elms: 4.50 
Thames  Drive: 4.55   Hadleigh: 5.00  Tarpots: 5.15   Five Bells: 5.20 
All shows are evening performances unless matinee times are given (see below) - 
04/01/15 Edward Scissorhands - this is a 2.00pm matinee.  
Please note coach departure times - 
Palace Theatre: 11.30am  Chalkwell Schools: 11.35  Elms: 11.40 
Thames  Drive: 11.45   Hadleigh: 11.50  Tarpots: 11.55   Five Bells: 12.00 
08/02/15 Assassins - This is a 3.30pm matinee 
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Palace Theatre: 1.00pm; Chalkwell Schools 1:05; Elms 1;10;  
Thames Drive 1;15; Hadleigh Church 1:20; Tarpots 1: 25; Five Bells 1.30. 
19/07/15 and 26/07/15 The Car Man - this is a 2.30pm matinee.  
Please note coach departure times - 
Palace Theatre: 11.30am  Chalkwell Schools: 11.35 Elms: 11.40 
Thames  Drive: 11.45   Hadleigh: 11.50  Tarpots: 11.55   Five Bells: 12.00 
Buy theatre tickets in advance and the curtain rises on countless pleasures, but wait for other options and the curtain falls on opportunity.  
Old West End Proverb