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30 f he i stor yteller PHILIP FRENCH talks to the director of ' Southern Comfort WALTER HILL is a jovial, on movies and in touch with stocky, bearded man with an the fringes of Hollywood. I expanding waistline that did my homework for the next threatens to obscure his belt, few years and sat around cafes Central casting might send him talking about films and politics replies, when asked about his approach to narrative. He sees himself - as an old-fashioned storyteller, but one who gives to- the audience onJy the bare alolfig to appear as a bartendeij,:.' with friends," he recalls. The minimum of information about in a gritty realistic Western.''' In fact, at 39, he is one of the ; most interesting and fastidious ; directors at work in America : today. His latest picture f Southern Comfort ' (re-; viewed on Page 29), an ex-! traordinary tale of an American Army unit fighting for survival i against the native swamp-; dwellers in modem Louisiana, J is the fifth he has directed since , ,hisdebut in 1975. j'-Jspiirs name is often linked J wjjjh Coppola, Scorsese, De Raima and Co., the so-called s wfeyie Brats who grew up movie-crazy, attended film-j schools and took Hollywood by j storm in the 1970s. This is a j mistake. ' I belong more to the flasrgeneration that didn't go to ; filnyschool,' "he says. Growing up in Long Beach, California, he felt far from ; Hollywood and was just a : normal film-goer, not a movie fbue; His father was a riveter, tend later foreman, in the local jtiayat dockyard, the family Scoring originally from Tennesseee and Mississippi- ' one of those fallen Southern I families, shirt-sleeves to shirt-I sleeves in three generations' Three of his five movies his 'first, ' The Streetfighter,' his ;I980 Western 'The Long Riders ' and this new film ihave taken him back to the ; South. ; Hill's teenage ambition was jto be a comic-book illustrator i(the-. style of his street-gang picture ' The Warriors rejects this interest) and he lenrolled at 17 in the arts 'programme at the University of une Americas 'homework consisted of endless odd jobs, the most considerable of which were working as second assistant director on movies like Peter Yates's Bullitt ' and Martin Ritt's ' The Great White Hope.' Meanwhile he wrote screen plays that nobody bought. his characters. ' The charac ters should reveal themselves through the way they face their circumstances,' he remarks of his practice.- The actors need to know more, ' because they must not be perceived as puppets.' But there have to be limits to what they're told in Eventually the scripts began terms of background. I'm not; to. seH-.and his name appeared as you may have noticed, a reguJarly' on pictures ranging from the low-budget private-eye movie ' Hickey and Boggs ' to John Huston's expensive spy story ' The Mackintosh Man. Most were hopelessly compromised by bad casting, re-writing and ignorant "interference by producers. I he only one he takes real pride in is ' The follower of a lot of modern psychological theories.' Curiously, Hill's biggest box-office success has been the SF-horrbr flick ' Alien,' which he co-scripted and produced with his long-time business partner, David Giler, but had no wish to direct, being impatient with the 'intricacies of. SE. 4 I was sent this. Fifties-style B-feature Getaway,' the 1972 pursuit script, and I thought that given thriller that provided Steve high-tech, professional polish tine Americas in Mexico Citv K' Afe the man in the Western fsaa; vt seemed like a good idea jai the time ') before switching mentors were the adventurer- unite-university ot Michigan, directors Raoul Walsh, How McQueen with one of his best roles and proved to be Sam Peckiripah's most profitable film, Hill knew he couJd write, direct and produce better than most of the people he had been associated with, and when he got the . chance his 10-year apprenticeship had served him well .' ' The normal progression to direction is. from the .sedentary work of screenwriting,' he observes. ' But direction is a physical process, and whatever theories you' have in your knapsack, you have to go out there and face a crew of 70 as well as -the actors. It's a circus atmosphere. It's also a puzzle, and you' have to know everyone's part in it.' One thing that fortified him was working with so many craftsmen whose careers reached back to the earliest days of .Hollywood. His idols and ,000 mues awav. to comolete his degree studying history and English literature. "On graduation he moved" back .to Los Angeles and killed income awaiting military call-writing scripts for 'cut-fcCjce- historical documentary CJras- for use in classrooms. One-was about James Marshall, arpenter whose discovery- aid at Sutter's Mill trig- the Californian gold rusn A counle of years later ave been on my way to am, but in 1964 the ia la had as a child was : gh to get me turned .. Ml, f Hill found himself hooked vtept ard Hawks and John Ford. He sent the 90-year-old Walsh the draft script for his crime mpyie ' The Driver to" see if he approved. Walsh did. Hill is continuing, or reviving, the tradition of American narrative cinema, rather than doing anything radical. He doesn't, however, try to im-" itate the older directors' pictures. There are no knowing allusions to their work, and the strongest direct influence on any of his films is that of the , painter - Edward Hopper on ' The Driver.' M like mythic elements, fables, a cultural continuity with-literary traditions,' Hill and off-beat casting you could make a, commercial movie. It's the only time I know where a strictly commercial project turned out to make money. ' ' Southern Comfort,' is a personal project, and it has run into trouble from three groups. Some radicals have thought it elitist that the 'film's, two educated characters are the only ones to survive. (To Hill these two survivors were trie ones ' who've moved beyond the. programmed response.') Members of the Cajun community of Louisiana objected to being cast .in the role of enemies of the US army.' The liquor company which manufactures Southern Comfort we're worried that the film might harm' sales, of their product! They ' , haye been variously propitiated . His future plans are uncertain V :. He likes to keep to a movie a year, arid has a reserve pile of unfilmed screen-plays (' " Southern Comfort " had been 'asleep in our trunk since 1976 '). On the table of his London hotel suite was a paperback thrilier by a highly regarded cri me writer whose work has yet to reach' the screen. Sure-fire stuff you' might think, but in the present Hollywood climate -. the . big-, companies are loath, to finance ; the kind of - traditional genre ' pictures through which Hill expresses his vision of the American quest. ;. . L ' I often say tliatVevery film I've done has been a- Western,' he . observes, knowiflgat- in- the wake of Hcaven'svGate. the genre is ahathma-"'"" Walter Hill : Writing, producing, directing WEffiMt, low ait JENNIFER SELWAY on BBC2's latest ' Arena ' series. ' ARENA,' BBC2's arts documentary series, returns on Tuesday with ' Have You Seen the Mona Lisa . . ? ', directed by Gina Newson, who made the impressive; .' Man Alive ' documentary ', ' Vital Statistics,' on the delicate subject of cosmetic breast surgery. It's her first film for 1 Arena.' She approached, the series editor, Alan Yentob, ' with the idea earlier this year. ' She said she had an idea for the perfect " Arena " film,' says Yentob. ' She was right, because we'd already thought of it. It's a little, embarrassing to be so predictable. So what is the definition of an Arena film ' ? How can an arts series made by different directors on a huge-variety of subjects have a recognisable ' look '. ? What has Yentob done to achieve this in the four years since he took over.y the not very successful studio-bound programme that ' Arena ' once was ? Most of the programmes are made, entirely on' film and. do not dispense tcohyehtioiiy coiri-men uiry al tpgetheri which gives them an agreeably loose, anarchic quality, quite different from that of ITV's ' The South Bank Show.' There Melvyn Bragg, appears and ; tells - you . what's going to happen ; arid it happens. ' Arena ' tehds.tb take.you by surprise. Yentob believes that when people talk of ' the Arena film ' they usually mean the ones made in what he calls the ' " My Way " tradition.' (' My Way ' was Nigel Finch's arch film about the song of the same name.) ' It's the mischievous arts documentary that teeters on the brink of bad taste, like the thing we did on great failures, with Stephen Pile and David McGillivray.' The Mona Lisa film is in this vein too, as was Nigel Finch's programme on New York's Chelsea Hotel, and the . ' Superman ' edition. These 4 Arenas ' are the ones that stand as little works of art in their own right, though 1 Yentob says that he doesn't think ' artiness ' should be regarded as i priority. The campest programme in the new season promises-to be one on the Ford Cortina, 1961-81. ' You could say about the Cortina that it's a car of some banality,' : says1 Yentob, nearly straight-faced, ' but perhaps because of its brdinaririess it's a car which tells you a lot about a lot of things.' ' , Quite so, but is it art ? " Take a bad.print of the Mona Lisa,' he replies. 4 Is that art ? Well, for a Jot of people, it is. You can come across art in the most surprising places. Television ought to confront the way real life and art scratch, past each other. I know this is an area where angels should fear to tread. I know that you can end up looking pretentious. But I'm not altogether intolerant of pretension, because it can be regarded as a wish by film-makers" to ' get ' beyond the subject and' say something interesting.' Critics of the series have argued that ' Arena-' programmes atfe either bafflingly esoteric, too ecletic, or simply about things which don't really matter. Others find in their dazzling style, and the practice of placing their subjects in a wide cultural context, the formula for. all arts documentaries. , Yentob is not so dogmatic : ' It's not a question of saying which sort of arts programme is the best. There's room for all kinds, and I certainly don't think every programme should be like ' Arena. ' With the Fourth Channel the whole " area of- arts programming is going to expand enormously.' He welcomes-the new-look ' Omnibus, -which returns ; to BBC1 in January (presented by Barry Norman), because he, believes the. BB(J3 ought to offer a mainstream ar)s magazine. For the new .4 Arena. ' series Leslie Megahey, late 'of 1 Omnibus,' is making a film about the return of ' , Picasso's 4 Guernica ' to Spain. But back to the Mona Lisa.. Half-concealed behind bulletproof glass and jostling tourists, she's almost impossible to see in rtv.ii- si , . La Gioconda. : Revered and abused. s ;,',. ;;;.' ..";f-,. the Louvre. Yet, through ..the base .art. of reproduction, she has become -neof;.'tbeV: best;, known images , in .the Wesfefn; world. She , .'is : .revered' 'and ;' "abused featuredui ativerts fopeveiythMg from cream :-cakes:' to nucrbi computers.'Da V&ii's pbftraif Is indisputably high- art: It- has also become very tow arf .;-- ' ' :' It's this' mess of- cohtradictioHs which' Gina Newson's film examf inesi'. in-:imatf teaswiy"- "oblklue manner whichl'is tb hallmark-, of the-v-Arepa .'. film.'i.VHave You Seen the MonaJisa.A '-It-is aS.much abom'a4es..to ustras it is, about iM'me&ci 'itself . 't's fun," .but..' it also i encourages, the yiewerotb!Ldo more"than"'.register recpgnitipn t When, confronted. with La' Giocondaf it might mafie uloibfc'. atl'propCTr-fir!tl&. firsr time': Ahb' that's a 'ignifl-cant achlevemehr;nir ' televisfo'ni" Because, ironically;' " the ' most, popular visual. -mediwtf rarely persuades us.- tpj Jobkx-an,- anyV. thing yery rarefuiBy.:d J-.---- --. : -v:--:- :.,,' - - ' ' '-.'- -'' ' - --''j I' ALEXANDER BLAND on the Northern Ballet Theatre. THE natural reaction in hard times is to trim the edges and consolidate the- centre, f How pleasant to. see last v week . at Sadler's Wells an example of the opposite trend. The Northern Ballet Theatre is ' paseid on Manchester ; it was founded in 1969, a' cHild of the expansive movement fostered by the Arts Council in the piping days of the Sixties . Today; under" Robert de Warren,' the troupe of 26 classically ..trained-, dancers not only plays for six weeks every year in the Greater Manchester area, but has a busy touring schedule. It is right that it should appear regularly in London, but this raises problems. It must plan with an eye on regional audiences and its resources are limited . The results can well, appear over-simple, to more experienced metropolitan palates. The opening production, ' The Nutcracker,' was a fair example. Not aiming to compete with the big companies in spectacle or innovative daring, it is a straight forward affair reminiscent of the old Festival Ballet version well rehearsed, decently danced with some pretty costumes (by Peter Farmer) J The chqreographer Andre Prokovsky, has surmounted the inherent difficulties in the ballet by simply ignoring them . Many people feel that the naif original plot is unacceptable today " and Unworthy ' of . Tchaikovsky's score, arid various ingenious, attempts have been made to give it more significance and coherence: '" ''" Prokovsky has made no such concessions ; there is no connection between the three scenes other than the presence of little Clara as an onlooker (for some reason she is not played by a child). But each is an; improvement on the last. The rather homely opening is marred by a decidedly modern Dr Drossel-meyer, a mere hired conjurer, and the magic Christmas Tree is unimpressive. ' But1 -the. children are enchanting and the purely classical SnowfUkes are char-; mingly arranged ; so ii tha Flower Waltz in the last Act.; The Snow Queen arid the Act m pas de deux, in- the .(un-. credited) Ivanov original, were very .capably danced -'5y Suj Kan Chiang, well partnered' by the personable Serge Lavoie. ; The strongest performances came from Alexandra Worrall and Olivier Munoz . in. the .Spanish divertissement ;;a'Av pleasant unassuming..everiihg ; but a bit short. baroaKicand mystery. ; The second , offering, de Warren's 4- Midsummer Night's ' Dream,' was as ' surprising -"!..' 4 The Nutcracker ' was - safe'; ; Mendelssohn - has set a Victorian stamp on thisrstory, reinforced by many dramatic productions and by Ashton's inspired ballet version ; it is hard to see it with i fresh : eyes. But de .Warren has rejected the- familiar ..approach and given us something nearer.to Continental revue) with fantistic and inventive. French-style, de ;gmby,;Clive .Layagna. Plot, humour apd .drains are largely ignored in'favour of a cascade:of .-.::':..'.- ..'--it! ."..' . :'.,' ;' " daaifi!al;dliitie B&mbers. ':v:-:? - ""Sdrn6f tSes aljle when the hotcH-potbK score alto wsibut-they become monoto-: nous., TJiey. .certainly .,make Jbig demands dnithe pernirmets who emerge very edftably . . Alexandra Worrafi'aiid Sui Kah'Ghiahg -:are4&arming lahdstylisfaj Serge ibxmoe leaps ajjipjand-beats J without . flagging Jpsph,-?iyin-sonmaI:jiyPj'.and,4he !whoJefecpmpa'lj99sv wejl trainedabd reharsed?, this is ':: chilly vision; ; eye thecpinic -Mechpicals seem- hetiessIt makes one- sigh -jpjlly.'w a cpsily- romannc.nmetetl-cen-.tuiy yersipn. .1 ' ' ' . . : Two-, much -more modest . yis-itors ' from -,' thVnorth - were.in London-last weeje at theRiver-.side Smdi6srthA.y,Vcpm-,iaay': to..the;:est;MidJj, , and tEmm'.copyircim the.East: Mi(uo.l:!B;pBejd :,varW,:. . ;sridara viiMfM -3 Va; .. 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HALF MOON NEW THEATRE. 213 Mile End Road, El. (790 40U0J. HOSANNA by Michael TrembJay. ' Gloriously affirmative . . excellent ' Fl Fine performances . . . notably well directed ' D. Tel. Directed by Bill Fryde with Jim Hooper & Ian Oetder. Perform, antes Mon-Sat S p.m. Nov. 7 it 14 at 11 p.m. HA MP STEAD THEATRE. 722 9301. IN THE MOOD by Michael Abbensetu " GRIT AND BLACK GOLD" Sid. " I found It eiuemely tunny A. brilliantly written. It's a as-cinmfr.s play " D. Caute K'tcape BBC Radiu 4. Last Week. lATIJINaT. 2252. ' ' . ' . OLIVIER copen nasei romor lue Wed 7.15 inur i.oa tiow once man & 7.!5 THE HYPOCHONDRIAC Le Malide Imaxlnairc) by Moliere. Fri 7.15 S3t 2.0U it 7.15 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by Shakeiveaie, . . : LYTTELTON (proscenium state) Tomor Tue. Wed 7.30 WHO'S AFRAID OK YIKUirsiA rOOL(7 by Edward Albee. Thur. Fri 7.4S. Sat J.00 St 7.45 ON THE RAZZLE by Tom' SiAppardi . COTTESLOE (small auditorium low price ikis) Tomor Tue, Wed. Tour 7.30 CAR1TAS new play by Arnold Weaker. Fri 7.30. Sat 3.00 A 7.30 THE MAYOR OF ZALA-msts. hw 'rnlderan- - Eicellent cheap iean day of serf all 3 meatrea. -aiso nHnooy. inin before start. Car park. Restaurant 92ft 2033. Credit cards bkss 928 NT also, at HER MAJESTY'S. .. HAYMARKET THEATRE ROYAL. .930 9832. Ooenina Nov 10 -for a season. Direct from Broadway, return to London of An evening l DAVE ALLEN "I find him absolutely hilarious, positively one of the oritinal comedians In the world today. Great " Oive Barnes. NY Times. HER MAJESTY'S 930 6606 cc 930 4025fi. Grp bkits 379 6061. Mon to Fri at 7.30. Sal 3.0 St 7.30. FRANK FINLAY IN THE NATIONAL THEATRE'S MULTI-AWARD WINNING INTERNATIONAL SMASH HIT AMADEUS by PETER SHAFFER Directed by PETER HALL " Tremendous play .' . . gigantic bon office success " B. Levin. Tms. KING'S HEAD :26 1916. Dnr 7. Show 8. STEAFEL SOLO Sheila Stcafel in cabaret. " Sharp,' willy, full of lun " D. Tel. Estra. pert Tnnislit ! LONDON PALLADIUM. 4.17 7373. MICHAEL CRAWFORD in the Broadway Musical BARNUM "THE BEST SHOW IN TOWN BAR NONE " S Mirror. Evas 7.30, Mats Weds A Sats at 2.45. Use the Barntim hntlmcs 01 437 2055. 01-734 8961 lor inslan credit card reservations. LYRIC S cc 437 36R6. Grp Bkas 379 6061. Eves 8.0 Mat Wed 3.0, Sal Mat 5.15. RICHARD PETER BRIERS EG AN Richard Pearson, Vat Heytvood Alice Krlse In BERNARD SHAW'S " BUBBLING " COMEDV Sid. ARMS AND THE MAN " AMONG THE GREAT DELIGHTS Ol- THE ENGLISH SPEAKING THEATRE " N Sid. " SPARKLING NF.W PRODUCTION " D. Tel. "THE MOST CIVILISED COMEDY TO BE SEEN IN LONDON " S. Tel. K.it)tiy prc-sh'nw supper al Hie Cafe Royal . plus ticket far only S.9S incls. Tel. 01-437 9090. LYRIC HAMMERSMITH S cc 111-741 2311. DEREK GRIFFITHS' CHILDREN'S SHOW. 2-5 Nov nl 2pm. All scl 1.00. I.YRIC .STUDIO: 111 Sat Eves 8pm C.V. One presents HON HUTCHINSON'S new piay INTO EUROPE. NEW LONDON, cc Dairy. Lane; Evii 'S.B. Tuts A Sal 1,1 8.0i CATS THE ANDREW LLOYD WEB- BERT. S.-ELIOT MUSICAL ADDITIONAL BOX 'OFFICE Tat normal meattc niioi,. -Centre (neat- lo Wyndharfla Theatre), Charlria X .Road. Group Sale, 01.405 0075 or, 01-379 -6061. Sorry no leats avail till' Dec apply, dally to Box: OfJice.. tor . retnrM. Eatra perf iXmas Eve 3 a.m..LATE-C O M E R S NOT ADMITTED WHILE AUDITORIUM IS-IN MOTION. PLEASE BE PROMPT. Bars open 1 hr prior. OLD VIC 928 76167S cc 261 1821 TOAD OF TOAD HALL. 14 Dec to 30 Jan. NOW-BOOKING. PALACE S cc 437 6834 Opens Nov 3 at 7.00. Subs icvus 7.30. Mats Wed & Sat 3.00, No mat 4th Nov. ' ROLL ON 4 O'CLOCK Written & directed by. COLIN WELLANDi " A SUPERB PIECE OF WORFC. . . . HUGE ENJOYMENT " D Tel. "HILARIOUS " S Tel. PICCADILLY. S 437 4506. cc bkis 379 6565. Grp bkas 836 3692379 6061. Prestel Bkas Key 2202324. Mon to Fri 7.30. Mat Wed 3.0.. Sal 5.30 A a 15. 'Book. 3 weeks ahead and save I 5.90 seats for only 3.90. not FriSat Eves. ROYAL SHAKESPEARE CO. EDUCATING RITA Comedy of the Year SWET Award 1980. " A marvellous play . . hilarfotis ... It sent me out moved, cxdtcd and exhilarated " S Times. " A splendid theatre even ins . . -quite astonishing " Time .Out. Enjoy nrc-shntv .supper al Cafe Km-al plus stone! stalls circle seat for only 7.90. Tel 437 9090. RSC also at Aldwych Warehouse. QUF.KNS. S cc 01-734 11615. bvcniiiJK 8.0. Matinee Wed 3.0, .Saturdays 5. IS A: 8.30. EDWARD FOX ROBIN BAILEY. JAMES GROUT and PRUNELLA SCALES in QLARTERM AINE'S TERMS A nets' piny by SIMON GRAY. Directed by HAROLD PINTER. CERTAINLY THI-: BEST PLAY IN THE WEST END" Observer. " THE MOST ENJOYABLE AND INTRIGUING NEW PLAY THIS YEAR " .Spcclalnr. " A LYRICALLY inUNNY PLAY" Times. ROYAL COURT THEATRE UPSTAIRS -n ;4. Evbj 7.30. THE CATCH by Nick Darke. PRINCE Of .WALES THEATRE; 930 8681. C'card bookings 930 084G, v PAUL DANIELS in . -IT'S -MAGIC '--' " TRIUMPH " Fn Times. ' Ar WINNER ," Variety. " PURI2 MAGIC": Sun Mirror. Mori-Thura at 7J0, Frl, Sal 5.30 & 8.00. Group,, Sales 379 6061. .; . RAYMOND REVUEBAR. 734. 1593. Al -7 p.m., 9 P.m.,. 1.1 j.dv: Open Sun. . i; . PAUL RAYMOND prcseata-,',-THE - FESTIVAL.. OF EROTICA New Acts! New Girls! New Thrills I Fully Air Conditioned: -.' , 23rd SENSATIONAL: YEAR ' ' v .rztxnsikx.?urATitrtPri. EXIZABETH'COIJNSELL- lrr PRESENT-LAUGHTERS "JHE BEST tOF -NOEL COWARD'S TUAYS . . - A' TOTAL SUCCESS."' "P. TIMES." i.,';TER-, RIEICv'i.S. ,TI MES. , Groupi'Salei iot Omee--01-3797 6061 ;-J-r-- IJASKl-WtCri. MtB'l-tBU -r 't -r - - -. r'-r ROYAL COURT, & . OCU730 J74S, From Wed BORDERLINE, a JOITJI StockRoyal Court oroduclion. 2 tJcu for tbe price of 1 for any peat it booked before noon 5 Nov. - -' : SADLER'S WELLS, THEATRE, EC1."U37.':38S6 cc' 278 U871. Grp: Sales 379 .6061... JOSEPH Jk THE A M A 2 I N .XsMJrlKUUUIAf K DREAM- COAT. . Opens . 23 Dea Bits Now Open. . ' ' ' SAVOY. S cc 01-836 8888. For credit card bookinas ring 930 0731- 9.30-6.0, Sat 9.30-4.30). Evas 8.0. Mat Tours 3.0, Saturday o.u et ., -GERALD HARPER-- ' , 1 ' v SYLVIA SYMS 'irt . FRANCIS DURBRIDGE'S' ' HIT. THRILLER. . . HOUSE GUEST- ,; With PHILIP STONE "A REALLY EXCITING THRILLER. IT NEVER RELAXES ITS GRIP " D Tel. OVER 200 PERES. SHAFTESBURY. S cc -Shaftesbury Ave, WC2. Box Office 836 6596 or 836 4255. Credit card bkas '930 0731 (4 lines) 9,30-6.30 (Saturdays 9:30-4.30) and 379 6565. THE NEW STAR COMBINATION MARTIN SHAW GEMMA CRAVEN THEY'RE PLAYING , ; ,., OUR SONG . " Hit " MUSICAL A REAL ' STUNNER " : .;.:' OAFs 4 (Wed Mat only), best seats o..,j,..' CinMUi tA Pvn,t0 -Ril ' Matinees. Wed 3.Q. Sats-5.0.A 8,30., ST MARTIN'S' cc .836 1443. Evas 8.0, Tues 2.45. Sat 5.0 & S O. '- AsjAltlA sjniU!siE..a .THE MOUSETRAP 2lb YEAR SORRY we never' do reduced prices, STRAND, cc 01.-836 26604143. 8.0. Mats Thur 3.0, Sats at 5.0;& !ith HYSTERICAL YEAR OF THE LONGEST RUNNING COMEDY. IN , THE WORLD 1 NO SEX PLEASE WE'RE BRITISH 2 HRS NON-STOP LAUGHTER 1 Directed by Allan Davis - .-. Group Sales Bn Office 01-379 6061. STUDIO '68. 229 7382. Opens Nov 9. 7.30 D.m. Essex. Half, WSi, The famous "Actors Comedy,;' S. KAUFMAN A EDNA FERBER. THEATRE ROYAL. Stratford E15. 534 (13111 From Nov 11 at 8.0. THICK AS THIEVES by limy Miccnam UPSTREAM. 928 5394. CHERJJB Season opens 2 Nov. New play ; A JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR 1981 Edinbiirslr Trlumpn ; MACBETH ' haunting power . . . unforsettablt--ScoLsmsn. - - - .- All seats f 2.341 VICTORIA. PALACE, cc" 01 -"828 473J6;' 01iS34 '13J7.vit5:70. Matinees yykdA Sat .2.43.:. . ... . Group rsaia 01-379 W6f.-:; ANNIE . " UNBEATABLE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT: "-.Observer. 'LASTi-CiWEEKSf- urtns isKiaasfi!--jnrruiJituai& 2 TEUEMB1R'-' VICTORIA- PALACE.' "cc?0W42I 4735601-834 1317. Opens Decjlsf "; ' JOHN INMAN" V ARTHUR LOWE . - IAN. VENDER In .-' MOTHER GOOSE Group , Sales 379, ,6061 Tcledata :oT-2fl5i-O208 2Jftoitrs). 1' '-. .- WAREHOUSE, Donmar Theatre, Earlqam. Street; , Coyenr Garden. Box Omce- 836 6808. ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COM PAN Y, TsMflNOf;, :AW.EM$.t.P.n& Nov. . The production left me with a, .feeling, of;.. Intense, and abiding excitement " -S Times. "Also book-lns THrRTEIiWTH NIGrTT Kfrom V . isoyj, oi at .uKe.i,e.L. vt. ' . o (rrbrh 18 Nov! WESTMINSTER THEATRE," S CO flox Office. 01-814. 0283. , . . ' GAVIN AND - . THE -MONSTER '. . -New .family. Aluslca.) for, Cbrlstrnaa season. Nov 17-Jan '23. B6ok Now 1 WHITEHALL. '839 6975. 930-'8012 7765 oi 930 66934. roup: Sales '379-6061. ' :' ' ' , - . ..ANGELA .? i'A JOHN THORNE . . . WELLS are ' " DISGRACEFULLY - HILAR-IOUS ":D; Ep. .-. , in i -. "'ANYONE ;FOR DENIS ? "N!lESTORES' THE' SOUND' "OF GENUINELY 3- .IRREVERENT LAUGH T ETt TO7' OUR THEATRE" F.T? ' V' V: '-' Mqn-iat B,15.p.rn Sat Mat 6 p.m. SSecial Mat Wed, '3D TJcc, 3 p.ln. WINDMILL 3HEATRE. 43T fJJ 1 2 . Twice nightly, Aldrt-Sat .7..0 : & 9.0 p;m.; Sun 6.0 A 8:0 p.m. u ,. .-Paul. Raymond prcscnu ."" . ripoff . Hotter that ever' lor 1981 THE-EROT1Q EXPERIENCE, OF ?THE MODERN ERA ' " Takes to unprecedented " -limits what, is,pcrmslble.qnour. .stage " Evcnlng-.Ncws! 5lh GREAT VfJAR. "WYNDHAMS-S r36 i0J CC379 6565. -Orn ,RcductiD!U 836 3962. COLIN -'ROSEMARY BLAKELY '' v i-'i V- HARRIS in ARTHUR "MITXER'S - -ABD-MY SONS' ! " '. Dircotrdrby - MICHAEL BLAKEMORE " An uncommonly fine - Play " Harold .Hobson.,S... Times. Mon-Fri 7.-30 (Wed -Nbv -i4 HI--7;0.' Sat 4.30 cVS.O. wetlmat. z.tiu trom. fHO-v u. vnvuurz. Vir? .rWarerlao) 978 6363. Eves 7.3ft 8 pecjV'only seats 2.30 -ROSBNeRANTZ -V-GUILDENSTERN ARE. DEAD lov :U. t2. 13,: 14, laa'l4 perfj jtlng Lear,, . TALK .OF .THE. TOWN. ,cc 0U734 S0511 For-reservations ' or on "etitry. LonJon's greatest- night out from - 8 p.tti. : 5 "HOURS; OF ENTERTAINMENT . . . . at.. 9.30 . . . . THE TALK OF THE TtfvVN GALA GAtAXY: REVUE 1XJ MpiRAQUAT " Ditmet, DWcfiia, J Bandit

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