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The Case of the Frightened Lady (Theatre Royal, Windsor)

The Case of the Frightened Lady (Theatre Royal, Windsor, until January 20th then touring)

Recently returned from a sojourn in Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland, where I was knitting ear muffs for polar bears and mittens for the Kalaallit and I got stranded after missing the 517 bus home, I was delighted to make a visit to Royal Windsor for a murderously mysterious murder mystery at the Theatre Royal, Windsor.

One of the most exciting experiences I have ever had in the theatre was when ...

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Annie (Theatre Royal, Brighton)

We all know what happened to her when she grew up – she got a gun and went off with Wild Buffalo Bill Hiccups. But the story of Annie Oakley’s bittersweet early life is told in the classic musical Annie, now touring the UK.

Seeing the show brought back happy memories for me as I once played the part of Annie in a production where Gillian Offaldrop was supposed to be doing it, ...

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The Last Tango

The Last Tango (Theatre Royal, Brighton)

Sometimes life imitates art and such was the case when I waltzed my way along to the Theatre Royal for The Last Tango. Before the show started I went to the bar and asked for my favourite orange fizzy drink only to be told that I had ordered THE LAST TANGO!

If Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacacacacace were aware of this spooky coincidence they certainly didn’t show it ...

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Mack and Mabel (Chichester Festival Theatre)

Mack and Mabel (Chichester Festival Theatre)

Life is full of disappointments. Such as when you are in the theatre and you queue for ages to get a ginger ice cream only to find they only have coffee flavour left. Or the time when I was young and got taken for a day out to see a zebra crossing – and there wasn’t even a zebra! I’d even have been content to see a pony, but there was just this ...

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East is East

East is East (Theatre Royal, Brighton)

I remember seeing a really good play with that great actor Alec McCowen (who was born in Tunbridge Wells, where I went shopping only the other day) in which he played Rudyard Kipling. I think the play was called Kipling, which was a strange coincidence.

By some chance I went to Bateman’s a few weeks ago to see where Mr Kipling wrote (he wasn’t the same man who made the exceedingly good ...

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Ooh Wakka Doo What a Show!

The Pirates of Penzance (Theatre Royal, Brighton)

With a string of hits in the 1970s, it is no surprise that Gilbert O’Sullivan should try his hand at writing a musical – but The Pirates of Penzance was very different to what I expected from the singer who stole the hearts of a music-loving nation with the likes of Clair, Get Down and Alone Again Naturally.

I thought the musical would have had someone like ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Theatre Royal, Brighton)

I have been to the theatre many times when something has gone wrong. I remember going to see Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee, starring Robert Powell (who played Jesus on TV), and the lights went out so the performance had to be cancelled, though it was very nice of Mr Powell to come out on stage still dressed as Hercule Poirot the Belgian detective to explain what had happened and I ...

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The Producers

The Producers (Theatre Royal, Brighton)

In 1979 I really enjoyed going to the cinema complete with a bag of Revels and a giant bucket of popcorn so I could see Mad Max, starring Mel Gibson.

That post-apocalyptic thriller has now been turned into an unusual stage musical called The Producers. As with so many of these screen to stage transfers much of the original story has been lost in translation, and I ...

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A Mad World, My Masters

A Mad World, My Masters (Theatre Royal, Brighton)

Way back in the swinging Sixties I was taken to the cinema to see a very funny film called It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. I remember laughing hysterically and having to be taken out several times to eat vanilla ice cream, as that was all you could get in those days rather than the odd flavours they try to sell you now, but it brings back happy ...

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And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None (Devonshire Park, Theatre, Eastbourne)

I had quite forgotten that Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery which we are not allowed to call by its proper name nowadays was now known by the title And Then There Were None. So when I saw that there was a touring production of it I thought it was some Sound of Music spoof about nuns.

But how wrong ...

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