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DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A RESPECTFUL MODERN TAKE

Despite the evident time of year, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a play cleverly out of joint.  First impressions provide an audience with context.  There are Christmas pines upside down, rope lit with electric white.  Yet, darkly at the head of the stage, the gloomy mirror dims their reflection.

This A CHRISTMAS CAROL is modern yet classic, contemporaneous yet true to its literary historical roots.  In addition, it has a wide appeal.  Both for those who revel in the season and those, like me, who try and avoid it.  It’s seriously comic is places and serious in others.  Thematically it enriches the watcher and touches the heart and I can enjoy that whatever the milieu and whenever the time of year. Continue reading DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A RESPECTFUL MODERN TAKE

THE FANTASTICKS @ HAYES THEATRE

Jonathan Hickey and Martin Crewes in The Fantasticks. Production photos by  (c) Marnya Rothe
Jonathan Hickey and Martin Crewes in The Fantasticks. Production photos by (c) Marnya Rothe

The original off-Broadway production of THE FANTASTICKS premiered in 1960, and ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world’s longest-running musical theatre production, and has music by Harvey Schmidt with book and lyrics by Tom Jones.

Wooden Horse Productions Theatre  Company has brought this mercurial musical to the Hayes Theatre in a production directed by Helen Dallimore, with co-musical direction by Hayden Barltrop and Glenn Moorhouse.

This production features a compact live orchestra- just two musicians- guitar and electronic keyboard. Continue reading THE FANTASTICKS @ HAYES THEATRE