THE WEEK IN REVIEW

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THE MUSICAL

Scrooge

overview

The stage version of the film Scrooge with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, and Anthony Newley in the title role. Tudor Davies revives Bob Tomson's original stage production, designed by Paul Farnsworth

critical view

Edward Seckerson liked Newley but, as for the musical, "thank you very much, but no". "Does not bode well for the musicals of Christmas future," wailed the Times. "A picture-book musical every child deserves to see," dribbled the Mail. "This underdone, over-stuffed old turkey," cringed the Standard. "Embarrassing... go and see Swan Lake instead. Or almost anything else," advised the FT. "Drearily unmemorable... entirely unmoving," summarised the Telegraph

on view

At the Dominion Theatre, London W1.

(0171-416 6060)

our view

More a threat than a treat. Richard Briers in A Christmas Carol at the Lyric Hammersmith looks a much better bet.

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