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Saturday, 13 February 2021

REVIEW: Terence Rattigan's All On Her Own starring Janie Dee

There is a growing range of streamed content available online and sometimes it’s hard to know what is worth watching. However, a Terrence Rattigan play starring Janie Dee shot with great care at the Fleming Mayfair Hotel tells you to expect high production values and an intriguing tale. This is not one of Rattigan’s better-known plays such as French Without Tears, The Winslow Boy, or Separate Tables but a short 30-minute piece written for TV in 1968. It therefore lends itself readily to the medium of Stream Theatre.

Janie Dee plays Rosemary Hodge a well-spoken middle-aged widow who returns from the sort of party that her late husband Gregory would have hated. Someone has told her that she speaks to her late husband often at the time he died, and Rosemary decides to try in the hope of solving the mystery of whether his death was an accident or suicide. It's late at night in her well-appointed sitting room in her grand house in Hampstead where he was found dead though apparently having everything to live for. Fuelled by a few whisky’s her monologue switches between her own voice and how she imagines her late husband sounds, with a northern Huddersfield brogue. He was a successful building contractor but had sold his business and retired.

Monday, 1 October 2018

If Heathers the Musical was on 25 years ago...

With all the Heathers buzz thats going around it got us thinking, if this show was on 25 years ago who would be in it? Well, that made our minds go crazy and we had to put our dream casting into an article for you! Make sure you tweet us your thoughts and ideas! @PocketSizeBlog

Veronica Sawyer | Lea Salonga or Linzi Hateley

Carrie Hope Fletcher plays the role in this West End production and does it ever so brilliantly! Instantly we thought of Lea Salonga and Linzi Hateley, both would sing the role incredibly and I'm sure would have played it just as well as Ms Fletcher. 

Jason "J.D." Dean | Norman Bowman or Jason Donovan

The slightly crazy and misguided role is being played by Jamie Muscato in the shows London premiere, but after seeing Norman Bowman and Jason Donovan in countless shows over the years we're sure they would have been a perfect match back in the day!

Monday, 4 September 2017

FIRST LOOK: Folles at the National Theatre

1971, New York. There’s a party on the stage of the Weissman Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Including such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind, Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the NT. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, the production is directed by Dominic Cooke (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom). 

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work at the NT includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.
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