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Friday 29 June 
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Miss Brodie is formidable, brilliant, passionate and a bit of a mess. And she is a mint of a part. Lia Williams makes the role entirely her own. It's a superb part and Williams emerges from it a complete star.
Wednesday 4 July 
7.00pm performance 
at the  
London Palladium 
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Palace Theatre 4.00 pm
Chalkwell Schools 4:05; Elms 4:10; West Leigh 4:12; Thames Drive 4:15; Hadleigh 4:20; Kenneth Road 4:25 
Gt Tarpots 4:30; 5 Bells 4.35.
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  “Surely you already know all about this subject?” commented the very pleasant woman who was sitting next to me. She was from Holland, and we were both attending a seminar at the National Theatre  entitled Introduction to Irish Drama: Boucicault to Friel.   
  But I know shamefully little, I replied. That’s why I’m here. And I’m looking forward to seeing two of Brian Friel’s plays in the next month – Translations at the National, and Aristocrats at the Donmar. My new Dutch friend was ahead of me: she had seen several plays by the ingenious Mr Friel, and was looking forward to learning more. 
  The seminar was presented by the very learned Anna McMullan, from the Antrim coast herself, and currently Professor in Theatre at the University of Reading. Anna had a very relaxed platform manner, and demonstrated a firm grasp of her subject in her ability to field questions from the 50 or so participants in the course. 
  However, it was clear that the seminar was not from Boucicault to Friel, but very definitely Boucicault and Friel. And yes, you have heard of Dion Boucicault; he wrote London Assurance, a great comic hit for the National, with Simon Russell Beale, several years ago. 
  Attention is focused on him again in a peculiar way. The young Dion Boucicault left Dublin and came to London to pursue a literary career, and had great success as an actor, writer and impresario. There were new worlds to conquer, and he emigrated to America, arriving first in New Orleans, and then heading for New York.  
  There he was the toast of Broadway, opening the Winter Garden Theater and writing successful melodramas. One of these was The Octoroon, based on incidents he had observed in Louisiana. As is the way with this type of play, Boucicault employed archetypal characters: a damsel in distress, a virtuous hero and a hissable villain – and some stereotypes that might not be acceptable in terms of political correctness
.   Now the contemporary American playwright Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins  has written a play called 
An Octoroon, and it’s currently playing at the National’s Dorfman Theatre. I quote from the National’s brochure: In 1859, white Irish playwright Dion Boucicault writes a hit play about America. Today, a black American playwright attempts to do the same. Both old and new, An Octoroon gleefully remixes a Victorian melodrama set on a Louisiana plantation into ‘a dazzling deconstruction of racial representation’ (WhatsOnStage). 
  It sounds mindblowing, and I’m looking forward to it. I was very impressed with Gloria by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins when we saw it at Hampstead Theatre last year, and this promises to be... 
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At last the casting has been announced for Alan Bennett's Allelujah! at the Bridge Theatre. In no particular order of either age or alphabet, but just as they come to mind are - 
Gwen Taylor,  Simon Williams,  Samuel Barnett,  Sacha Dhawan,  Deborah Findlay,  Jeff Raule,  Julia Foster,  and Peter Forbes, plus others as seen in the photo below, surrounding Alan Bennett himself. I don't recognise many of the 25+ cast here but I'm sure they will make the right impression on stage. The play features inmates of the  Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward in an old fashioned NHS hospital, a perfect casting opportunity for the older generation of actors, plus some younger parts of those immigrant doctors and nurses that Brexiteers are so keen to keep away from our shores. 
Mike   05/06/18 
THE DONMAR IN ITS PRIME - An Introduction to the new season 
  We're excited by the new season at the Donmar. This small theatre allows us to get so close to scrutinise their productions in detail and gives us a chance to observe the excellent actors with an intimacy that isn't possible in larger venues. And the three plays that they've announced should show them at their best: a new version of a seminal modern novel, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, a quiet masterpiece that has had far too little exposure, Aristocrats, and a Shakespeare problem play that has been jolted into relevance by recent events Measure For Measure. When the Donmar arranged an insight evening to give us more detail, we hurried along to find out.  
  The producer Kate Pakenham welcomed us, and told us about their choices. The first, and possibly the most surprising, is The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in a new version of Muriel Spark's novel by David Harrower. It has always surprised me that this story is very well-known, and yet few people have read the short novel that introduced Miss Brodie to the world. . The film was adapted from an early stage adaptation, which Muriel Spark famously did not like (and having seen it in two different productions, I'm on her side). Shortly before her death, Spark wrote to her publisher to tell him that she wanted David Harrower, a fellow Scot, to write a new version.  
  It appears that Harrower, whose extraordinary Knives in Hens was revived by the Donmar last year, had had writer's block. However, he nailed himself to his desk, with Muriel Spark's fax pinned up in front of him, and set about writing a fresh and truer version. Kate sketched in the story - at the Marcia Blaine Academy in Edinburgh in the 30s, a small group of pupils are groomed by a charismatic teacher, Jean Brodie. The novel looks back at the time when Miss Brodie was in her prime, and questions her influence on her pupils. It leads to a challenging reversal of sympathies.  
  The obvious question: is a new adaptation necessary? The Casting & Creative Assistant Christopher Worrall pointed out that the film, dominated by an indelible performance from Maggie Smith, was a rose-tinted version of the book, and I agree. It failed to capture the more acerbic tone of the original, and...     /continued HERE 
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