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Matriarch & matrimony

YOU’D never have thought that a posh bloke with a stutter would make big box office. But in The King’s Speech, Colin Firth tapped into a g-gold mine of possibilities. The clincher was that the film

made the Royal Family seem so normal, so tarnished with the same insecurities as the rest of us. And in disrobing the very notion of Royal elevation, Charlton’s Alexandra Players made a great fist of the other side of the coin in Crown Matrimonial. The Royce Ryton-penned play explored Bertie’s ma Mary’s dilemma in letting her wee boy disgrace the royal court by finding happiness with interloper Wallis Simpson. The group’s very own matriarch

Janet Sweet was a no-brainer for the lead – she made of a plethora of lines and stern looks.

Keith Hartley has cemented his position as regular show-stealer, and here again his timing was as precise as a military salute. Liz Moss as Mary’s confident the Countess of Airlie put in a solid shift, and Queenie’s boudoir set was a work of art.

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The production did miss the humour the Players have built their reputation on, but it was refreshing to see an am-dram group pushing the dram side of their repertoire. ANGUS JOHNSTONE


Miller’s tale needs pace

KNIVES In Hens at Greenwich Theatre was a curious parable about the power of knowledge in rural England during the Age of the Enlightenment when near- illiterate peasants lived in fear of God, the Devil and magic. David Harrower’s three-hander was beautifully acted by Jennifer Greenwood and Simon Victor as a pair of benightedly ignorant villagers whose lives are turned upside down by an educated miller, played by Isaac Stanmore. The miller’s learning turns Greenwood’s character from a superstitious bigot into someone desperate for knowledge and love – so desperate, in fact, that she helps him murder her husband. The excellent acting was aided and abetted by moody lighting cleverly designed by Owain Davies. The only sour note was to be found in the pacing of the play. The wife’s transformation from dimwit to wannabe intellectual who was prepared to kill to achieve enlightenment was simply too quick – we could have done with another scene or three to build dramatic tension. That said, this production was never less than absorbing. It’s to Greenwich Theatre’s credit they were prepared to stage something so unusual. MILES HEDLEY

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