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Episode cast overview:
Tom Owen ...
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
George Chudleigh
1st Halberdier
Guy Nicholls ...
2nd Halberdier
Avril Elgar ...
Fred Ingram
Maggie Wells ...
Christopher Timothy ...
Anthony Roye ...
Mr. Burton
Athol Coats ...


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29 April 1973 (UK)  »

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the orchard walls are high and hard to climb ...
9 April 2011 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Terence Rattigan had something of a penchant for the Double Bill and turned out no less than three beginning with this one-actor which originally shared the evening with The Browning Version in 1948. Possibly because The Browning Version is a masterpiece and without doubt the finest one-act play ever written it has, in its many revivals, invariably played unaccompanied - I have seen close to a dozen productions and only one when it played with Harliquinade. This Armchair Theatre production (viewed at the Mediateque) is probably as accomplished a version as any despite the feeling that the leads are not quite right. Edith Evans is the heaviest hitter on hand and extracts the last ounce of inside-joke from the word 'bag'. Charles Lloyd-Pack is also on hand at more or less the time he was passing on the torch to son Roger and Christopher Timothy has fun with his repetitious 'ow do' a nod to the Yorkshire vet waiting in the wings. Never intended as anything more than a solid curtain raiser it displays all of Rattigan's craftsmanship sprinkled with such drolleries as 'Which text are you using' from a bemused Denholm Elliott when accosted by the daughter he didn't know he had fathered.

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