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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.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

REVIEW: Harlequinade/All on her Own at the Garrick Theatre as part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Season

Beginning the first season by the ‘Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’ at the Garrick Theatre in London is ‘Harlequinade/ All on Her Own’ – two rarely performed plays by the celebrated British playwright, Terrence Rattigan.  This season, in which the company will take over the theatre for a year, promises a very exciting troupe of actors – ZoĆ« Wannamaker, Judi, Dench, Derek Jacobi as well as Branagh himself, but also some new kids on the block, fresh from drama training who are clearly set to give the industry a bit of a shake up.
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