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REVIEW: Me and the Girls @The Devonshire Theatre Eastbourne

Brian Butler September 19, 2019

Me and the Girls is a paradox – a ‘new’ Noel Coward play. It is in fact a clever musical adaptation of a short story which the Master wrote on holiday in Jamaica, and published in 1962.

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THEATRE REVIEW: A Song at Twilight @Devonshire Park, Eastbourne

April 3, 2019

A stylish and relevant production but the imbalance of the acting rather takes the shine off what could have been a stunning production. Nonetheless it’s a fine piece of theatre, done well, perfectly timed but perhaps tastier with a half kilo less of rant, and a cup full more of conviction.

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REVIEW: Present Laughter @Chichester

April 28, 2018

Actor, charmer and diva, Garry Essendine is determined to disregard his advancing years and receding hairline by revelling in his endless tantrums and casual affairs, but as he is about to depart for Africa, he’s besieged by a bevy of would-be seductresses, not to mention his long suffering secretary, his estranged wife and an obsessed young playwright. As he attempts to disentangle himself from their clutches and demands, the humour escalates, accompanied by farce and sparkling repartee.

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PREVIEW: ‘Trouser-wearing characters’ by Rose Collis

July 3, 2017

Trouser-Wearing Characters by Rose Collis is the first ever musical cabaret show written and performed by a British female author. This original entertainment, written and performed by local Sussex’s favourite Rose Collis, is a unique mixture of music, history and comedy.

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REVIEW: Private Lives: Theatre Royal, Brighton

February 2, 2016

Noël Coward’s play is a gossamer thin confection about love and life amongst the beautiful and fabulously wealthy. Tom Attenborough’s production somehow manages to make heavy work of one of the lightest pieces in the theatrical canon. Despite some fine performances, lines that should sparkle like the finest martini glass never quite seem to fulfil their potential.

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PREVIEW: Hay Fever at NVT

Besi Besemar October 3, 2014

Gerry McCrudden’s production of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever opens at the NVT Theatre Upstairs on Friday, October 31 and runs until Saturday, November 8. Noel Coward self-deprecatingly said of his delicious comedy “it has no plot at all, and remarkably little action.” Despite his protestations it is considered one of his funniest plays and a personal […]

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