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Harold Pinter Theatre - Formerly

Comedy Theatre, Panton Street SW1Y 4DN

A Chorus Of Disapproval

By Alan Ayckbourn
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Show Details

Preview 17th Sep 12
Opens 27th Sep 12
Closes 5th Jan 13

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matineé Wed & Sat 2.30 pm
Length of show - 2hrs 45mins

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
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A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.



  • Rob Brydon - Dafydd ap Llewellyn
  • Nigel Harman - Guy Jones
  • Ashley Jensen - Hannah Llewellyn
  • Teresa Banham - Enid Washbrook
  • Daisy Beaumont - Fay Hubbard
  • Georgia Brown - Bridget Baines
  • Rob Compton - Crispin Usher
  • Matthew Cottle - Ted Washbrook
  • Steven Edis - Mr Ames
  • Jessica Ellerby - Linda Washbrook
  • Barrie Rutter - Jarvis Huntley-Pike
  • Paul Thornley - Ian Hubbard
  • Susan Tracy - Rebecca Huntley-Pike

  • Director - Trevor Nunn
  • Design - Rob Jones
  • Lighting - Tim Mitchell
  • Sound - Fergus O"Hare
  • Producer - Sonia Friedman Productions, Robert G. Bartner & Norman Tulchin and Adam Kenwright

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The is a simple plot - so simple that the players can give reign to their own characterisation and they do. The play was a hit 25 years ago with hilarious lines and jokes and returning as a musical has again made a well deserved hit. Rob Bryden shines particularly brightly.

Chorus of disapproval - gropup

The Beggars Opera provides some great classic songs and the Operatic Society have a splendid wardrobe. You can tell from the trailer that it was great fun when people like Harry Enfield and Ronnie Corbett clearly thought it very funny.

Chorus of Disapproval

Matthew Amer commented that the character of the director might be influenced by the actual famous director Trevor Nunn - they certainly had fun at the rehearsals.


The Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society decides to perform the Beggars Opera - a tall order for a small town - even in Wales where they sing a lot.

Chorus of Disapproval

The director Dafydd (Rob Brydon) is under strain and seems unable to pull it together for all his enthusiasm. Guy, joins the cast to Dafydd's delight.

Having lost his wife Guy, however is not as shy as he first appears and starts liaisons with a few of the ladies on the cast including Dafydd's wife. What happens between the rehearsals in the way of romance and rivalry causes plenty to talk about in the small town of Pendon.

Chorus of Disapproval - Funny
Courtesy of Catherine Ashmore

Chorus of Disapproval - Funny 2
Courtesy of Catherine Ashmore
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