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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown - the musical
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time + Assassins
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18 September 
at the 
Prince Edward 
Review Round-up 
The trick of the show, and of this superbly slick, powerfully acted and splendidly sung revival, is that while you are watching it, it often feels like the greatest musical you have ever seen… The score, with its great surging power ballads, has undoubted heft… The 18-year-old Eva Noblezada is extraordinarily vulnerable and touching as Kim, and her raw, deeply felt performance and soaring voice lend the show its heart. Telegraph
26 September 
at the 
Review Round-up 
"Beautifully judged, superbly acted revival... wickedly funny as well as deeply affecting... Somehow the comedy only throws the work's sense grief and guilt into sharper focus... director Robert Hastie does the piece proud, capturing its constantly shifting moods with great élan... outstanding cast... excellent 
design." Telegraph
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It's had a curious history. First a well loved book, then adapted for the small Cottesloe Theatre and performed in the round, later upscaled and transferred to the proscenium arched Apollo (where the ceiling collapse caused its closure) and finally restored phoenix like in a hi-tech production at the Gielgud. Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a long runner, like its four legged friend, the National's War Horse (also directed by Marianne Elliot).
  We were invited to hear author Mark Haddon and adapter Simon Stephens interview each other before a performance of the play. It was a jovial and most informative chat, recorded perhaps for the National Theatre website, but before you get a chance to eavesdrop on the conversation and the Q&A with the audience which followed, here is a brief run-down of some of the points covered. 
  I'll begin with the play's ending – Mark was asked whether he thought the play ended on a good note for the play's young lead and what he thought Christopher's future would be like. There was a long pause......”Difficult”. The play leaves audiences with much to think about, including never-mentioned autism – attaching labels says more about the labeller, said Mark. 
  Mark revealed that Christopher has some aspects of his own character but also facets of many others. He thought Stephen would write a good adaptation of his book as he “has a heart of stone” and wouldn't treat the book as “sentimental”. He was delighted that a stage adaptation would give him the opportunity to see the story afresh. His familiarity with the book meant that his appreciation of what was funny or sad was not as easy to identify. 
  Stephen loved the book because “things happen”......Continued: click HERE 
The Donmar production of My Night with Reg is a  rediscovery of a modern classic and has generated great excitement. On 10 September, David Benedict from Variety hosted a discussion about the play, and the changing perspective on gay writing in the last 20 years. He reminded us that this play was initially rejected by Hampstead Theatre, but went on to be presented by the Royal Court at the tiny Theatre Upstairs.
Following the critical acclaim there, it transferred to the Comedy Theatre and subsequently finished its extended run at the Playhouse, picking up Olivier and Evening Standard awards as Best New Comedy en route. 
 Then - apart from a few regional productions - it disappeared, until Rob Hastie's current triumphant revival, arriving sadly just after the death of playwright Kevin Elyot. Elyot had been a successful actor, but retired from the stage to write full-time after the success of Reg. He had worked with Rob on this revival, and was apparently "painstaking" about the casting and about every beat in the play. (Could this be a code word for "difficult"?) 
 And to place the play in its historical context, David reminded us that....Continued: click HERE 
MY NIGHT WITH REG at the Donmar 
 Mike and I have fond memories of our first night with Reg, back in 1994, when we were both on the Olivier Awards Panel. We were part of the team that awarded it the Best New Comedy award, and gave the Best Actor Award to David Bamber. Oddly, Reg hasn't been seen since then (despite countless revivals of Hay Fever and Private Lives and other, lesser plays). So we were looking forward to seeing the Donmar production, directed by the Sponsored Trainee Associate Director, Rob Hastie,- had the play's impact changed, or had we?
 Rob introduced the discussion following the Director's Forum performance by paying a tribute to the writer Kevin Elyot, who sadly died two weeks before the play went into rehearsal. Kevin had ben ill for a long time, but was looking forward to this revival of his most popular play, and had been involved in every aspect of the preparation for it. Rob and the actors had attended Kevin's funeral, where the music from Reg was played; they'd all had to sing David Bowie's Starman
 Rob was joined on stage by the actors Jonathan Broadbent, Geoffrey Streatfield and Richard Cant, and he reminded them that Kevin had been an actor as well.  
Q: Did this make the play actor-friendly? 
JB: Yes, in technical ways. For instance, at the end of a particular scene, I have to cry, and at the start of the next scene, I don't say anything for a long time, and this gives me a chance to recover. 
RH: Shakespeare does something similar in Hamlet who's off stage for a long time at the start of Act 4, and this gives the actor a chance to catch his breath and prepare for the end of the play. 
RC: It's also seen in the way he deftly paints the relationships in. The play is beautifully structured, and the relationships are set up in Act 1. And then you feel with the dialogue that that is what that person would say at that moment. 
GS: My character Dan comes into each scene halfway through it....Continued: click HERE 
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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) - 
08/11/14 Ballet Triple Bill - this is a 2.00pm matinee.  
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Palace Theatre: 11.00  Chalkwell Schools: 11.05 Elms: 11.10 
Thames  Drive: 11.15   Hadleigh: 11.20  Tarpots: 11.25   Five Bells: 11.30 
04/01/15 Edward Scissorhands - this is a 2.00pm matinee.  
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Palace Theatre: 11.30  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. 
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