P452 Teletext 455 Oct16 21:01:01  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  FILUMENA with Dudi Dench, Piccadilly Theatre. 0171 369 1734 At the warm, Italian heart of Peter Hall's enchanting new staging of this play is a bizarre and uncharacteristic example of major miscasting. Not, of course, Dame Judi Dench in the title role of the ageing ex-prostitute who tricks her wealthy ex-lover of 25 years (a great Michael Pennington) by feigning death. The problem is Timberlake Wertenbaker's new translation. ——————————————————————————————————1/4—— by Sheridan Morley TICKETMASTER 24HR CREDIT CARD HOTLINE 0990 34 44 44 FOR YOUR THEATRE NEEDS West End A-G H-N O-Z Millennium
P452 Teletext 455 Oct16 21:00:00  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  FILUMENA with Dudi Dench, Piccadilly Theatre. 0171 369 1734 Translator Timberlake Wertenbaker knows little of post-war Naples and its complex social patterns. Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, who translated it for London staging in 1977, understood the importance of regional dialect. Now it is vaguely Italianate. It might as well be a marital farce by Feydeau or Ben Travers. Dench is infinitely touching, but... ——————————————————————————————————2/4—— by Sheridan Morley TICKETMASTER 24HR CREDIT CARD HOTLINE 0990 34 44 44 FOR YOUR THEATRE NEEDS West End A-G H-N O-Z Millennium
P452 Teletext 455 Oct16 21:01:10  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  FILUMENA with Dudi Dench, Piccadilly Theatre. 0171 369 1734 Dench is touching but lacks the Italian qualities of Joan Plowright in Zeffirelli's original London staging. But the moment when, safely married, she finds within seconds of the final curtain that she can at last cry real tears is, alone, worth going for. Pennington, too, from when he works out the paternity of his three sons, has great moments. But de Filippo's masterpiece loses in this translation. ——————————————————————————————————3/4—— Corpus Christi "gay Christ" row 451 TICKETMASTER 24HR CREDIT CARD HOTLINE 0990 34 44 44 FOR YOUR THEATRE NEEDS West End A-G H-N O-Z Millennium
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