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Enjoying the artistic legacy of Clive Conway Productions speakers and performers

By: stagedoorscribbler - August 14, 2019

Patricia Routledge. Photograph by Hattie Miles

Sometimes we are reminded in the most wonderful ways of the artistic legacy of our varied and talented speakers.
Attending performances by the London Repertory Players, currently enjoying its annual summer residency on the south coast in Bournemouth, I realise that two of their five 2019 productions have connections with esteemed CCP alumni.
First there were was an evening featuring three of Alan Bennetts’s peerless Talking Heads including A Lady of Letters which was originally performed for TV in 1988 by our good friend Dame Patricia Routledge.
The LRP version by the way features a wonderful actress called Barbara Dryhurst. If you should notice her name on any cast list do yourself a treat and go and see her
Meanwhile the current play being performed by the company is a contemporary production called 4000 Hours - an intriguing drama by Peter Quilter which was originally premiered in London just three years ago.
It starred Alastair McGowan - another sometime CCP speaker/performer - in the main  role as a man who after an accident emerges froma  brief coma to find that he has no memory of the past 11 years of his life. This is particularly awkward as his partner of  the past ten years has been holding vigil at his bedside. An excellent drama for which McGowan got rave reviews and headed up here by Al Wadlan.
The repertory season continues at the fascinating Shelley Theatre in Boscombe - the one-time private theatre of Percy Florence Shelley son of doomed romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley  and his wife the Frankenstein author Mary Shelley - throughout August.