“Ron Hutchinson’s fast, sharp and funny play catches the heart-stopping uncertainty principle of the Hollywood system." * * * *The Telegraph
MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS
By Ron Hutchinson
Directed by Mark Rosenblatt
Designed by Ben Stones
Lighting designed by David Holmes
Composition and sound design by Tom Mills
Thu 5 May 2011 - Sat 11 June 2011
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
(please note there is no matinee performance on Thursday 5 May)
Saturday 11 June performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm
"...fast, sharp and funny..." ****The Daily Telegraph
"... a sheer joy. It's years since I've laughed out loud so much at a play." The British Theatre Guide
"Farcical fun, a must see show" The Public Reviews
"Director Mark Rosenblatt and his cast deliver the goods with spades in this slick, welcome revival. **** Whatsonstage
“You’ll come out of the theatre smiling and absolutely shattered by the wisecracking energy crackling about the stage from the four superb actors. Margaret Mitchell must be giggling in her grave.” Newbury Weekly News
And from audience members...
"Laugh-out-loud comedy, brilliantly staged..."
"Brilliant from beginning to end...Wow!"
"Hilarious, each actor deserves an Oscar."
"Excellent acting. Staggering."
Five weeks into filming Gone With The Wind, the most eagerly awaited and expensive movie of all time, producer David O Selznick, fires the director and halts filming. With his reputation on the line, and a determination to fulfil his vision of making a truly great movie, he pulls Victor Fleming off the set of The Wizard of Oz and commissions script-doctor, Ben Hecht, to rewrite the screen play. They have just five days and the added complication that Hecht is one of the few people in Hollywood who hasn’t read the epic novel! The three are locked into Selznick’s office with Selznick and Fleming reduced to hilariously re-enacting the story to a baffled Hecht. Fuelled only by peanuts and bananas, tension builds, exhaustion sets in but from the midst of chaos emerges the biggest Hollywood blockbuster of all time.
To all those who love Gone With The Wind, Moonlight & Magnolias is an affectionate homage and for those who haven’t seen the film, a chance to experience this epic tale.
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Mon evenings & Thurs matinées
Tues, Weds, Thurs evenings and Sat matinées
£14.50, £21, £23
Fri & Sat evenings
£15.50, £23, £25
First week special
On the first Thurs and Fri seats are £14 and £14.50
(no other discounts apply)
Tue, Wed and Thurs night meal deal – two course post-show meal with coffee and a top price ticket for the show only £33. Must be booked through the box office 01635 46044.
Performance running times
First Act 55 mins
Interval 20 mins
Second Act 35 mins
Richard Attlee (Ben Hecht) in addition to playing his Grandfather Clement Attlee on both radio and television, he is currently well known for his role as Kenton Archer in the long-running Radio serial The Archers.
Karen Mann (Miss Poppenghul), no stranger to music theatre lovers, will be remembered for her roles as Viv in Spend Spend Spend! and Katisha in Hot Mikado.
Brian Protheroe (Victor Fleming) who enjoyed a successful pop career in the 70s, will be recognised for his many television roles including appearances in Holby and Spooks.
Kim Wall (David O’Selznick) recently appeared in Ayckbourn’s Communicating Doors at The Stephen Joseph Theatre.
Talkback after the show:
Free talk back after the show on Friday 20 May and Friday 3 June