P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2005:13  10/23      LONDON PALLADIUM 01-437 7373 Ziegfeld Topol works hard but remains Topol and fails to convey the appeal of the great showman who created the follies. They've taken the zing out of Z! The sets and costumes are spectacular,  they've nothing to hang on. LYRIC Hammersmith 01-741 0311 Busman's Honeymoon 50 year old stage play featuring Dorothy L Sayers languid, aristocratic detective Lord Peter Whimsey. In spite of Edward Petherbridge's valiant efforts as Whimsey, it suffocates in stilted, dated dialogue. Mind-ntmbing. more follows > Reviews Index 620 Videos 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2006:00  10/23 /$*. / \     LYRIC, Shaftesbury Ave W1 01-437 3686 Dry Rot previewing from Sept 20 Brian Rix, Elspet Gray, Derek Griffiths and Richard Vernon star in revival of John Chapman's farce. MERMAID 01-236 5568 Le Cirque l—ginaire Victoria Chaplin, ——zghter of the legendary Charlie Chaplin, and her husband Jean Baptiste Thierree star in this atmospheric circus performance which combines clowning with tricks, magic, illusion, dance and tightrope walking. Extended run - to Sep 10. more > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Top 20 Films Nationwide ... 623 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2016:10  12/23      NATIONAL THEATRE: Olivier 01-928 2252 A Small —lbly Business 8,27,29 Stephen Moore heads cast as aspiring businessman trying to straighten out the ailing family business. A frenetic farce with a bitter twist. Recommended. The Winter's Tale 13*,15,16 87 Aug Tim Piggott-Smith excels as the jealous Leontes whose refusal to believe his wife's innocence incurs the wrath of the Gods. The Tempest 20,22,23,24,25 Aug The theme of retribution is emphasised with Michael Bryant's Prospero - a fine irascible performance - seemingly —dll- bent on revenge. Steven Mackintosh's Ariel is also outstanding. Magical. * = mat & eve more > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2007:02  13/23 /$*. /*-"--'(.! j     NATIONAL THEATRE 01-928 2252 LYTTELTON The Changeling by Thomas Middletof and William Rowley 11,12,03*,15,16,17* Miranda Richardson is promising as beautiful Beatrice-Joanna, who employs a despised servant tg kill her unwanted fiancee, and is emnmeshed in blacel——l and fornication. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof 8,9,10,18,09 Eric Porter is memorable as Big Daddy, Lindsay Duncan as Maggie the Cat, in this fabulous production of Tennessee Williams's steamy tale of hypocrisy within a Southern American family. * = matinee & evening more follows > Reviews Guide 620 Videg 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2007:00  14/23      NATIONAL THEATRE: COTTESLOE 01-928 2252 Mrs Klein Previews Aug 8,9,opens 10 Gillian Barge plays the psychoanalyst Melanie Klein, with Francesca Annis as her ——tghter, Melitta and Zoe Wanal—ker as Paula Heimann. A new play by Nicholas Wright based on how three remarkable women cope in the aftermath of a shattering and unexpected death. The Strangeness of Others Aug 12,13*,04 Nick Ward's new play is an '80s look at London's lonely and dispossessed, an Irish down and out, young —ooker, young yuppie at odds with his parents - a patchy, uneven play in which the flashes or irony are all too few. Reviews Guide 620 Videg 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2000:10  15/23  "--'(.! j     NEW LONDON 01-405 0072 Cats (Booking to October) Feline frolics for all the family in Andrew Lloyd Webber's ever-popular bpt overrated musical, b—sed on T S Eliot's poetry. OLD VIC 01-928 7616 Too Clever By Half to Aug 13 Alexander Ostrovsky's 19th century comedy adapted by Rodney Ackland. From Aug 18 Bussy D'Ambois Jonathan Miller directs George Chapman's Jacobean tragedy. more follow Reviews Index 620 Videg 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2008:01  16/23  "--'(.! j     OPEN AIR THEATRE, Regent's Park 01-486 2431 The Winter's Tale Aug 11*,19,20* One of Shakespeare's late plays — a romance starring Sheila Allen and Paul Rattigan A Midsqllfr Night's Dream 8,9,10*,17,18 A magical play performed in a perfect setting. Ian Talbot is hilarious as the narcissistic Bottom. Babes In Arms by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart August 12,03,15,16 A 1936 classic about a group of young theatre apprentices who put on their revue against all odds. Songs include "My Funny Valentine", "Where and When" "Johnny One-Note" and "The Lady Is A Tramp" more > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2008:15  17/23  "--'(.! j     PALACE 01-434 0909 Les Miserables Booking to March 89 The RSC's acclaimed musical based on Victor Hugo's 19th Century classic. PHOENIX from 23 Aug 01-836 2294 Much Ado About Nothing directed by Judi Dench As You Like It directed by Geraldine McEwan Hamlet directed by Derek Jacobi Presented by Kenneth Brannagh's Renaissance Company PICCADILLY 01-437 4506 Stop In The Name of Love previews fr 8 The Fabulous Singlettes present the story of the girl groups of the 60s. Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2009:01  18/23      PLAYHOUSE THEATRE 01-839 4401 Catherine Cookson's The Fifteen Streets It's 1910: A young docker, John O'Brien from the notorious Tyneside slums meets his little sister's teacher, Mary Llewellyn, f—vghter of a wealthy ship- owner. Polished production, crt in spite of some gritty fight scenes, it's sentimental soap. PRINCE EDWARD 01-734 8951 Chess A barrage of technology cannot save this musical from its fatal flaw: the theme of an East v West chess match leaves us with a rag-bag of stale and stereotyped politics. Average songs. more follows > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2010:02  19/23  "--'(.! j     PRINCE OF WALES 01-839 5989 South Pacific Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical, set on a South Pacific isle during WWII, eloquently explores the themes of moral duty and racism. Whilst Emile Belcourt is enchanting as the worldly Frenchman, Gemma Craven lacks sparkle as the lovesick nurse. QUEENS 01-734 1166 Beyond Reasonable Doubt Frank Finlay is the eminent barrister accused of murdering his charming wife, played by Gwen Watford. Written by Jeffrey Archer, it's an undeserved box office hit. more > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2040:10  20/23      ROYAL COURT 01-730 1745 A revival of George Farquhar's 1706 classic The dcruiting Officer. Two women in a country town attempt to bring their lovers to heel. Stars Jude Akuwudike and Linda Bassett. SAVOY 01-836 8888 Kiss Me Kate A dazzling production of Cole Porter's witty musical about an American theatre co. who put on Shakespeare's $—ljng of the Shrew. The RSC combine slick professionalism with raw energy. Until August 13 Previewing from 13 September Sugar Babies starring Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller more follows > Reviews Index 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2040:00  21/23      SHAFTESBURY 01-379 5399 Follies With stunning sets and classic music, this ambitious show is glitzy and witty The cast of a Broadway production have a reunion 30 xdars on. Stars Julia McKenzie, and new cast members Eartha Kitt and Millicent Martin. ST MARTIN'S 01-836 1443 The Mousetrap Agatha Christie's classic whodunnit, now in its 36th year. STRAND 01-836 2660 And Then There Were None to 8 Aug Agatha Christie's suspenser lurches on with a changed cast. Rodney Bewes still stars. more follows Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2001:01  1/23  "--'(.! j     ADELPHI 01-240 7913 Me And My Girl (Booking to October) One-time Musical of the Year, with a thin plot along the lines of the age-old, poor-lad-makes-good theme. Slick production with leading players David Schofield and Bonnie Langford and Patrick Cargill. ALBERY, St Martin's Lane 01-836 3878 Blood Brothers by Willy Russell Kiki Dee gives a winning performance as the hard-up hverpudlian Mum deserted by her husband, who agrees to give away one of her twin babies to her childless employer - with tragic results. more> Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 GUS HOME SHOPPING BARGAINS ON 171 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2000:12  2/23      ALDWYCH 01-836 6404 Hapgood ends Sept 10 In Tom Stoppard's latest play Felicity Kendal is the tough intelligence agency boss with a bad apple in her barrel. Nigel Hawthorne and Roger Rees give strong support in a plot that mixes quantum physics and espionage. AMBASSADORS 01-836 6110 Les Liaisons Dangereuses Christopher Hampton's adaptation of the "Lace" of 18th century France is sexual duelling par excellence. Susan Tracy plays the widow who weaves a silken web of sexual intrigue aided by the dashing Vicomte de Valmont (Greg Hicks) more > dviews Index 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2000:10  02/23  \     VAUDEVILLE 01-836 9987 Uncle Vanya A starry cast bring Chekhov's study of passions repressed and opportunities lost eloquently to life. Mic——dl Gambon is the crumpled bachelor Uncle Vanya, facing lonely middle age whilst Imelda Staunton excels as his 'soul- mate', the kind, plain Sonya. WHITEHALL 01-930 7765 The Foreigner Mediocre comedy kept alive by its star cast. TOM WATT (Lofty of EastEnders) takes the central role as the young, shy British holi——xlaker stuck in a Georgia boarding house. more > Reviews Index 620 Videos 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2000:01  23/23      WYNDHAM'S 01-836 3028 Greek by Steven Berkoff Steven Berkoff stars in this new production of "Greek" at Wyndt—n's for a short season. The play is a daring indictment on the viglence prevalent in our society. Also stars Georgia Brown, Gillian Eaton and Bruce Payne. ********************************** For our critic's views of the major new plays, turn to page 624 more follows > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2002:00  3/23  \     APOLLO, SHAFTESBURY AVE 01-437 2663 Driving Miss Daisy A gentle if slight play exploring the themes of prejudice and ageing through the grudging friendship of a rich widow and her black ch—tffeur. Exquisite performances by Wendy Hiller and Clarke Peters make it worth seeing. APOLLO VICTORIA 01-828 8665 Starlight Express — booking to 1989 The stunning set and rip-roaring roller-skating compensate for the the very thin story of psty the steam train battle with an evil diesel. more > Reviews Index 620 Videos 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2002:13  4/23  "--'(.! j     BARBICAN THEATRE 01-638 8891 Three Sisters 8,9,10,11,19,20 Aug New production of Chekhov's classic with Deborah Findlay, Stella Gonet and Harriet Walter as the heroines Olga, Masha and Irina. The sisters dream of throwing off the shackles of their stifling provincial existences and escaping to Moscow. Merchant of Venice 12th to 18th August A safe, traditional, clear but largely uninspired production, saved by Anthony Sher's gripping performance as Shylock. * = mat & eve more follows > dviews Index 620 Videos 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pgp
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2003:01  5/23 /$*. / "--'(.! j     BARBICAN THEATRE: The Pit 01-638 8891 Hyde Park 9,10,11,19,20,22 Aug Transfer of James Shirley's 17th century comedy from Stratford, with John Carlisle as Lord Bonvile and Felicity Dean as Mistress Julietta Titus Andronicus 12-18 Aug Rape, mutilation, murder, cannibalism - and a noble sort of madness from Titus - all add up to nearly four hours that are well worth watching. Brian Cox is highly praised for his performance in the title role. more follows > Reviews Index 620 Videos 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2000:00  6/23  \     COMEDY 01-930 2578 Exclusive Yarns A screechingly funny satire on TV soap opera worship which makes some serious points, starring Susie Blake CRITERION 01-930 3216 Run For Your Wife! Ray Cooney's polished farce about a bigamous taxi-—river stars John Quayle, Una Stubbs, Gareth Hunt, Aimi MacDonald Royce Mills and Cooney himself. D"RRY LANE 01-240 9066 42nd Street ends Jan 89 There's no doubt that this classic thirties musical will get you tapping your feet. A polished production about a fading star and the nervous youngster who gets her big break. more follows > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2004:11  7/23      DUKE OF YORK'S 01-836 5122 How The Other Half Loves A revival of Alan Ayckbourn's late '60s play that sends up marital foibles, with its famous 'dinner party scene' as two parties are staged simultanegusly. A funny and polished production starring Gabrielle Drake and Christopher Benjamin. FORTUNE 01-836 2238 Dangerous Obsession N J Crisp's gutless psychological thriller about a couple threatened by an intruder. With Sam Kelly, Patricia Brake and Jeremy Bulloch. more follows > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2004:00  8/23  "--'(.! j     GARRICK, Charing Cross Rd 01-379 6107 Easy Virtue Noel Coward lays bare the cruelty of middle class hypocrisy. Jane How gives a finely orchestrated performance as the worldly new wife with whom her stuffy in-laws fail to come to terms. Polished and witty but slight. GLOBE, Shaftesbury Ave 01-437 3667 Lettice and Lovage A hilarious plea to preserve our national architecture and a witty study of the two unusual women who lead the campaign. A magical performance from Maggie Smith, supported brilliantly by Margaret Tyzack. more follows > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2005:00  9/23  \ j     HAYMARKET THEATRE ROYAL 01-930 9832 The Adlhrable Crichton by J.M. Barrie Rex Harrison and Edward Fox star in this revival directed by Frith Banbury. Strong supporting cast includes Niamh Cusack, Margaret Courtenay, Stephen Pacey and Edward Tudor-Pole. Previews from 4 August, opens 8 August. HER MAJESTY'S 01-839 2244 The Phantom Of The Opera A leaty story at last for Andrew Lloyd Webber. 18th century Paris is recrdated in a musical extravaganza. Now stars Dave Willetts. Postal booking only. Booking from April 89 more > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop