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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Dec 22, 2000 11:18 pm ]
Post subject:  'A Christmas Carol' at the RFH

Image <P>Kevin Richmond as Scrooge in 'A Christmas Carol'<P>Good to see Kevin Richmond (ex-ENB and original cast member in 'Swansong') back in action. He always has been a fine actor and this work seems an ideal use of his talents. <P>Judith Mackrell finds the primarily ballet version of 'A Christmas Carol' good in parts, but concludes on the positive note:<P>'Yet the ballet's basic structure is sound, its energy is high and it has been deftly tailored around the awkward stage of the Festival Hall. With the investment of more time and money it could become a regular Christmas fixture.' <BR> <BR><A HREF="http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,415070,00.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,415070,00.html</A> <P><BR>A short interview with Oxana Panchenko, who plays the Ghost of Christmas Past in the Royal Festival Hall's 'Christmas Carol'. She tells us about the struggles to find enough money for classes after her company City of London Ballet closed. <BR> <BR><A HREF="http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/music/review.html?in_review_id=343479&in_review_text_id=289419" TARGET=_blank>http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/music/review.<BR>html?in_review_id=343479&in_review_text_id=289419</A> <P><BR>This is a bit odd. The article is about the RFH production and choreographer Christopher Hampson talks about his what he set out to do. However, the details at the top, the rating and the link are for a different 'Christmas Carol'. I'll send an e-mail to the various parties, as the very pleasant Mr Hampson deserves better.<BR> <BR><A HREF="http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/theatre/top_review.html?in_review_id=339971&in_review_text_id=290234" TARGET=_blank>http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/theatre/top_review .<BR>html?in_review_id=339971&in_review_text_id=290234</A> <P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited December 23, 2000).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Dec 29, 2000 1:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 'A Christmas Carol' at the RFH

'Bah humbug to a travesty of Dickens.' Clement Crisp does not have a good time at the RFH production of 'A Christmas Carol'. He concludes with the memorable sentence, certainly worthy of Scrooge himself:<P>'..some child performers of hugely resistible skills caper about, and Tiny Tim does his hopalong thing, even unto speech. Ah, Herod, where are you when we need you?' <P><BR><A HREF="http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=001227003135&query=Clement+Crisp" TARGET=_blank><B>more</B></A>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Tue Jan 02, 2001 12:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 'A Christmas Carol' at the RFH

'Simply jolly, seasonal fun.' Says John Percival about 'A Christmas Carol'<P> <A HREF="http://www.independent.co.uk/enjoyment/Theatre/Dance/Reviews/2001-01/dance020101.shtml" TARGET=_blank>http://www.independent.co.uk/enjoyment/Theatre/Dance/<BR>Reviews/2001-01/dance020101.shtml</A> <P>But, Ismene Brown is concerned that 'A Christmas Carol' is the type of work that gets ballet a bad name. <P> <A HREF="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=LxdyibSd&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/01/1/2/btxmas02.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=LxdyibSd<BR>&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/01/1/2/btxmas02.html</A> <P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited January 02, 2001).]

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