Antidote to Panto? Julian Lloyd-Webber and The Mill at Sonning lead the way
December 07, 2006
Farce fits the bill
Looking for an antidote to panto? The Mill at Sonning may have the answer.
Ray Cooney’s It Runs In The Family, which is having a Christmas season at the dinner theatre, is not so clever and well-built as his classic comedy Run For Your Wife.
But it entertainingly follows the farcical imperative of sinking people deeper into trouble the more they try to escape from it.
It has a Christmas setting at a London hospital where high-flying medico David Mortimore (Michael Cochrane) is due to address an international symposium.
There always has to be a ‘fall guy’ in farce and this unenviable role goes to Mortimore’s timid colleague Hubert Bonney.
He is portrayed by Richard Derrington, whose improvised song and dance routines are a highlight of the evening.
Veteran Dennis Ramsden and Jacqueline Clarke slip back comfortably into the roles they played in the original London production.
Ramsden is pomposity incarnate as hospital bigwig Sir Willoughby Drake and Clarke as an old-style ‘iron lady’ matron is even more alarming when she sheds her inhibitions!
Bamian Hunt makes a good impression as teenage tearaway Leslie.
Director Ron Aldridge keeps the action moving briskly along. The play runs until January 6. For tickets call (0118) 969 8000.
Julian's present to Elgar
LEADING cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber will be performing in Reading in a concert paying tribute to Sir Edward Elgar.
He will play at The Hexagon with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in January to mark the beginning of the 150th anniversary of his birth.
Julian will perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto.
The concert is a celebration of British music and includes Elgar’s Enigma Variations, A Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams and Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes.
The violin solos will be played by talented young violinist Priya Mitchell and the orchestra will be conducted by Bramwell Tovey.
Tickets priced from £14 to £29 are available for the concert on Wednesday, January 17, from the box office on (0118) 960 6060.