The Rose is not a great space, it has been designed to look like an Elizabethan theatre, but the big question is why did they bother? Some half baked idea means that to get near to the stage one has to sit on the floor, the result of which is that there exists a huge void between the stage and the first row of seats. Tonight, I can vouch, not many souls braved the floor, even with a cushion. Anyhow, enough of this - what a terrific production of Rattigan's masterpiece this is. Anyone who knows the original movie, starring Robert Donat, will know what a hard act it is to follow, but Stephen Unwin has pulled it off with his top notch cast led by Timothy West as the very dignified Arthur Winslow; Adrian Lukis a magisterial Sir Robert Morton and the young Hugh Wydd, the maligned Ronnie; Diane Fletcher, Grace, his feisty sister; Claire Cox his tender mother, Catherine and the lovely Sarah Flind as the maid, Violet. The other supporting roles dovetailed too to make this, perhaps, the best production of the play since it was first performed in 1946. I wish it well on tour and maybe a run in the West End thereafter - surely it's time we had a major revival of this paly? Come on producers get out your wallets! - rds
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