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Lingua Franca heads overseas

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Chris New and Nathalie Walker in the Finborough production of Lingua Franca

Peter Nichols’s Lingua Franca, last seen at West London’s Finborough Theatre, is heading to New York as a part of the Brits Off Broadway season at 59E59, November 9-28, 2010. Cast at the Finborough included Chris New, Rula Lenska, Charlotte Randle and Nathalie Walker.

Not sure how the Americans will take to this tale of hapless English teachers in Florence during the 50’s. The fact that it is a sequel to Nichols’ successful Privates on Parade might give it a bit of credibility, but the play’s key idea (which seemed to be that the Americans are taking over the world) hasn’t really come true and despite some good performances, it remains a production characterised by energy rather than excellence.

(c) Brent Crude 2010

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