PLEASE NOTE - We shall be unable to deal with telephone and postal enquiries or bookings between Wednesday 12 September and Sunday 30 September)
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Fredo's Theatre Group 
Welcome to our Theatre Group website - we hope you will find all the information you need. This is a not-for-profit UK theatre-going group for our friends and colleagues (see foot of page).  
We do not sell tickets to the public. 
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Extra Discounts for our Donmar Friends 
Previously advertised shows are now sold out 
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>Next Theatre Visit(s):
IN THE INDIVIDUAL SHOW PANELS, CLICK ON THE UNDERLINED TITLE FOR A LINK TO A REVIEW   
  
 
 
  
 
Tuesday 
2 October 
at the  
Hampstead Theatre 
The Humans 
 
Insecurities stalk this bitterly funny and piercingly sad play. Fervently recommended. 
(Independent) 
 
 
  
  
 
  
  
 
 
Thursday 4 October 
at the  
Harold Pinter Theatre 
Pinter's Short Plays: 
Programme ONE 
 
 
 
 
No reviews or pictures available at last website update
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>OnOurOwn:
Updated 30/08/18 -   
What we see without the Group:  click HERE or on the ads below to see our comments.
 
>News and Information: Please scroll down the page    
  
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TRUTH BEYOND SCRUTINY  
 
 Towards the end of Brian Friel's masterly play Aristocrats, the visiting academic Tom inadvertently destroys the delicate carapace of fantasy with which the febrile Casimir protects himself. In a rare moment of sympathy, Casimir's brother-in-law Eamon agrees with him that there are truths beyond scrutiny. This seems to sum up the occupants of Ballybeg Hall, where the play takes place: their lives are based on unspoken facts around which they weave a version which
has a tenuous relationship to reality. In the play, this is pointed up by a croquet match which is played without balls or mallets, and at the end, thefaamily's reluctance to leave their ancestral home.  
  When we took our group to see this play, we had the privilege of having eight members of the cast come to talk to us afterwards. Mike and I were eager to see it a second time, to bring our knowledge of the characters to bear on the story from the outset, and to hear more of the actors' experience of working on the play.  
  Josie Rourke, the Donmar's Artistic director, introduced Eileen Walsh, David Ganly, David Dawson, Emmet Kirwan and James Laurenson, and asked them if director Lyndsey Turner had been giving them notes since the play opened. Eileen said that they'd had two rounds of notes: Lyndsey comes in every week, and gives notes every other week. David Ganly gave an example: as an outsider to the family, Lyndsey had suggested that in the picnic scene, he should try playing it as though he'd never been invited to this sort of party before, and act as though he didn't know how to behave.       
  Pointers like this help to keep the performance fresh. Emmet agreed; every day when you wake up, you are not the character you are playing and actors have to think about how to keep their performances alive and vital.  
 Josie said that her experience of auditioning actors when they are working on another play reflects this - she always has to factor in that their whole being is geared to the performance that they will be giving that evening, not a future role! 
 Eileen asked Josie how often she gives notes on her productions. Josie answered that she dislikes giving "company" notes; she prefers to do this privately. She added that in the British theatre,
 
   
 
   
 
Photos: Johan Persson
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THE KING AND I - 
SOMETHING WONDERFUL 
   While the audience leaving the  St James Theatre after the opening night of The King  and I were whistling a happy tune, the creators of the show, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein ll were flying on a light cloud of music. They had produced something wonderful 
  This was their fifth collaboration on Broadway, and following the incredible, ground-breaking successes of Oklahoma! (1943), and Carousel (1945) they’d had a stumble with Allegro (1947) - though a stumble that ran for 315 performances wasn’t a disgrace.  
   They had a spectacular return to form with South Pacific (1949), but needed to follow this with another hit. They’d approached The King and I with some misgivings: they weren’t keen on the novel that was the source material, and they were wary of their star, Gertrude Lawrence. They’d had difficulty finding an actor to play the King, and were unsure how the two leading players would perform together. Clearly they were problems, and Rodgers and Hammerstein resolved to turn them to their advantage – and in doing so, created one of their most emotional and erotic musicals. 
  This wasn’t obvious to producer Leland Hayward when.... 
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This is a not-for-profit UK theatre-going group for our friends and colleagues and their own extended group of friends. It costs nothing to join us but must be by personal introduction from another member of the group. We provide tickets at group discounts for London theatres (and coach transport from Southend, if required).  
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now available in many theatres. They may be of help to YOU.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Updated 24/05/18 
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