Great production of Ronald Harwood's Play Quartet at Richmond Theatre yesterday - play is about so much more than a synopsis might suggest (ageing Opera singers in shared living space).
Very strong ensemble piece, with fine comic performance kept maudlin feelings at bay but there was pathos .
I have some sympathy with critics (of the play) who are troubled by the way it ends but ultimately it is (somewhat) 'life affirming' which is perhaps not such a bad thing.
Long while since I've seen Paul Nicholas and I was surprised to see him looking older (he's74) but in fact he was vital, energetic and showed great timing (as did other cast members) - Wendi Peters (of Coronation Street fame), the baby of the cast at just 50 - is fast becoming a great comic actor - a sort of new version of the late Joan Sims.
I was surprised to find that Paul Nicholas (who found national fame as Vince in BBC sitcom 'Just Good Friends') when a young pop singer (he went on to have very big hits in the 70's) sang a song co-authored by a young David Bowie you can hear it here - it's no 'Heroes'.
Quite funny to see so many amongst the audience who could relate to the topic and a lovely spring day in Richmond..