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30 October 
at the 
Director David Cromer's version delicately retunes Wilder's play for a 21st-century audience, amplifying its essential ordinariness. Everything about this town is calculatedly unremarkable.  Cromer's version is for the most part brilliantly unshowy, peeling away the gloss of nostalgia to get at the profound and poignant truths beneath.  A stunning detour from the established staging further compounds the painful beauty of everyday existence... heightening the exquisite, agonising joy of simply living. And as we glance wet-eyed across at one another, in full view under the Almeida's house lights, Cromer seems to be asking us to look better at the people right in front of us.
Mat  2.00pm 
8 November 
at the 
Opera House 
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This is a 2.00pm matinee.  
Please note coach departure times - 
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
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Further casting announced for Assassins - The much admired Jamie Parker is joining the cast of Assassins to play the roles of The Balladeer and Lee Harvey Oswald. He recently played Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls at Chichester. 
Also joining the cast is "hot Broadway star" Aaron Tveit, making his UK stage debut playing John Wilkes Booth. He appeared in Les Miserables The Movie, and is well known for his roles in Broadway musicals.
Ticket Price Watch update 06/10/14: With the prices you pay for theatre-going when you join our theatre visits, it's easy to forget what the real prices are these days. At one end of the scale are Premium tickets, supposedly the best seats in the house, and at the other end are the discounted seat prices which we are usually able to offer to you as a group. Oddly enough, both these prices can sometimes apply to the same seats! If Premium seats do not sell, they become part of the Top Price seats which are the ones normally offered to groups at a discount. Confusing, isn't it? And it's becoming more confusing too.
  For the last three years or so, I have been reporting here on the development of the West End Theatre's pricing structure, especially the rise in availability (if not popularity) of Premium seating. These Premium seats are now being marketed differently, making buying a theatre ticket more complicated. The trend is sure to spread, but here I can give you two examples of what it going on. 
  Earlier this year we took our Group to see Sunny Afternoon, the Kinks musical, at Hampstead Theatre. Everyone had a great time; the show proved very popular with audiences and critics alike; it is now opening in the West End. There were no Premium prices at Hampstead but now at the Harold Pinter Theatre,  Premium seats are being sold in different packages.... 
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Although John Lahr's new biography Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh is a weighty, lengthy tome, Nicholas Hytner told an attentive audience at the Lyttelton Theatre that he had bombed his way through it in a weekend, and that it was one of the best books about the theatre he had ever read. Mr Lahr, author of biographies of Joe Orton and Barry Humphries, and senior drama critic of The New Yorker had spent 10 years researching and writing the book, and clearly had got to know his subject well, and was able to answer Hytner's questions with confidence.
NH: You start with the opening night of The Glass Menagerie. Why was that play such a thunderclap? 
JL: It opened two days before VE Day. Williams had already written to Horton Foote, saying that in war themes of loneliness would not reach an audience. But after the war, Americans, more affluent than ever, wanted to explore themselves. I phoned Arthur Miller to check this out, and he agreed. The play suited the time. 
NH: Williams put so much of himself into his plays. 
JL: He had an irrevocably divided nature. He worked out and acted out his internal life, in going for the geography of the interior. But he had no great gift for life or friendship; he only really cared about........ 
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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”..... 
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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.  
Please note coach departure times - 
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.  
Please note coach departure times - 
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 
Please note coach departure times -: 
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. 
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