Good morning to you all! 'The Times' leads today with some editorial comment that Sir Nicholas Hytner has shown the National Theatre how to laugh all the way to the bank. It is a measure of the magic that Sir Nicholas Hytner weaves at the National Theatre that its audiences would have expected nothing less than the cleverness and classicism of his production of 'One Man Two Guv’nors', a trouser-dropping farce transplanted from Goldoni’s 18th-century script to 1960s Brighton.
Equally, the thousands who have been guffawing in the gods of commercial theatres in London and New York could have hoped for nothing more from a show that bears all the marks of a made-for-the-masses comedy hit. Yet, as he tells Libby Purves, The Times's theatre critic, the play is always the thing.
I suspect that against all expectation, we are living through a remarkable cultural renaissance at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Sydney Grew. As New Elizabethans, we have once again become such things as dreams are made of! Congratulations to all!