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Imogen Miller Porter
Imogen Miller Porter photographed by Martin Slidel

Spotlight on Imogen Miller Porter

It’s a delight to catch up with actor and writer Imogen Miller Porter, just as she’s finishing her current run as the screeching matriarch in the interactive Faulty Towers Dining Experience at Charing Cross Hotel. Despite what I imagine as an exhaustive role she blusters into the nearby café looking fresh as a daisy; resplendent in turquoise plaid shirt, plaited locks not quite free of that infamous Sybil coiffure.

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Category: Comedy
Daniel Betts and Kelly Hotten
Daniel Betts and Kelly Hotten

Dial M for Murder @ Richmond Theatre

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You may think that taking on a legendary film maker and a major if not quite a landmark moment in cinema would make any theatre director wary. Not Lisa Bailey. Though what we’re left with is a shadow of the movie. Remarkable, when the play is billed with the Hitchcock suffix and this is not the film version as adapted by its playwright Frederick Knott. Nothing to do with Hitchcock, though we can see why he was so drawn.

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Category: Culture
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Black Coffee @ Richmond Theatre

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Showing until February 15, 2014 // Bill Kenwright by special arrangement with Agatha Christie Theatre Company

Joe Harmston’s production of Agatha Christie’s ‘Black Coffee’ at Richmond Theatre is better than a caffeine shot. The exquisite Art Deco set by Simon Scullion seems to the manor born and likewise the magnificent Liza Goddard as Aunt Caroline establishes herself early on as a star of the show. Robert Powell slips into the lead of the renowned Belgian detective effortlessly and gracefully. For the duration one quite forgets about Ustinov or Suchet. The dim Englishness of Poirot’s compatriot Hastings, ennobled by Robin McCallum’s delicately mannered performance, provides an ideal foil. And as usual with Christie there’s more going on than first appears. Even a dusty shelf proves not just a matter of housekeeping; Hercule referencing himself to a housemaid exploring “all the dark corners with her broom…”

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Category: Comedy