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Gielgud Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 7ES
by Alan Bennett
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Gielgud Theatre photo Photo ©Tony Reading 2008
Show Details
Preview 27th Jan 09
Opens 2nd Feb 09
Closes 16th May 09
Show Times
Monday - Saturday 7.30 pm
Matinée Weds & Sat 2.30 pm

Local Info
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64 Shaftesbury Avenue
020 7437 5088
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Suffolk Place
020 7930 9020
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29 Haymarket
020 7930 1885
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This play can't be missed - and it's not often I take that cheerful view.

Though the energy reading is higher than a critic or two would have liked This is no Bad Thing. It's a brilliant play by one of Britain's most adored playwrights whose observations are about as British as you can get. It is far saucier than the ole Beeb or the other ones-wherever the slum soaps reside. I imagine that this play was a bit strong for its earlier audiences but nowadays - what a relief from all the song and dance that's around everywhere. This must have been an influence on how the soaps developed.

The Story
I believe one critic said it was verging on a museum piece where the working class were concerned. (Admittedly project or Council tenants are a new emerging species of their own).  This is about the old values and how people deal with them - how you deal with them in fact since it is your response in the theatre all the way through that drives a great play like this one.  I haven't done it before but here's a book now link. It's more fun when you find everything out on the night. A lot of thought and finesse have gone into Janet Bird's design with some powerful stage effects.

We are running a competition for the best review that makes people want to see it. If they book then it's a yes. more...[link to a competition page that clicks through to a survey monkey page with window for a review and answer a few questions]

You can invite a bunch of friends to join you on the night - with an invite to 'meet me Here' complete with map. [Link to Cartemap FROM booking page when we can arrange it ]. As soon as you book people will come into your head you would like an evening out with including children (over 12).

And yes it's a comedy and very funny so it won't let you down.  By the way it works to send the invites after you have booked or your own indecision carries in some way (scientifically endorsed).

• Connie - Alison Steadman
• Wilf - David Troughton
Carol Macready
Josie Walker
Richard Glaves

Director - Christopher Luscombe
Set Design -  Janet Bird
Costume Design - Janet Bird
Written by - Alan Bennett

Enjoy is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards

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