Author: Sally Knipe


Hancock’s Half Hour at Epsom Playhouse

Tony Hancock made the first series of Hancock’s Half Hour for BBC radio in 1954, the scripts were written by two new writers still in their twenties; Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Galton and Simpson went on to be one of the most successful comedy writing partners ever, most notably as the writers of Steptoe and Son. Later the television version of Hancock’s Half Hour would attract audiences of 20 million. Hancock’s character was a …

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Review of Season’s Greetings at Leatherhead Theatre

Season’s Greetings is the third and final production in Leatherhead Rep Theatre’s three week season. It is only November 20th and I do not really feel ready to launch into the Festive Season yet. Why I wondered have Leatherhead Rep chosen to do this play? In the course of the evening, it becomes clear why they have chosen it: every cast member is perfect for the part they are playing. I could believe that this …

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Review of Waiting for God at Leatherhead Theatre

It is such a treat to be able to have dinner with my family before leaving for the theatre, rather than bolting down a sandwich and a coffee as I rush off to the West End. Yes, hoorah, proper theatre has returned to Leatherhead. The three week Rep season begins with Waiting for God a new stage adaption by Michael Aitkens who wrote the hit television sit-com. The play is set in a retirement village …

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Review: The Goon Show at The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

The Goon Show has become such a significant part of British comedy history that I find I know a lot about it even though it was last broadcast before I was born. My husband, Jim, and I are both old enough to remember the stars of The Goon Show and loved Spike’s poetry and Peter Seller’s performances as Inspector Clouseau. I only remember Harry Secombe on Song’s of Praise. Three episodes of The Goon Show …

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Review of Uncle Vanya Maly Drama Theatre at Theatre Royal Haymarket

I could hear very little English being spoken from where I was sitting in the beautiful Theatre Royal in the Haymarket. Oh well I thought, I’d better get used to it, I shall be listening to Russian for the next three hours. The stage is largely empty, just three haystacks and a rocking chair, but when the cast arrive on stage they bring the rest of the set with them. The lighting and muted colour …

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