The information on: `Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell'

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What Is It?

A revival of Keith Waterhouse's play from 1989, which sees the late Spectator columnist (who died two years ago) alive but ailing once more. The play is set in his favourite pub, The Coach and Horses in Soho, where he finds himself locked in for the night, allowing him plenty of time to reflect on his life.

Who's In It?

Peter O'Toole (right) again takes the lead as the hard-drinking, straight- talking master of Low Life philosophy. With Timothy Ackroyd, Sarah Berger, Royce Mills and Annabel Leventon playing his friends and associates.

What They Say About It

"Now that the Eternal Landlord has called closing time for Bernard, too, the play - which once again stars the incomparably funny and emotionally layered Peter O'Toole - can't help but feel a shade darker and more melancholic," Paul Taylor, The Independent.

"...Waterhouse's celebration of the heroic drinker's life and work, and Peter O'Toole's glorious performance in the title role, ensure that this is an occasion of almost continuous pleasure," Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph.

"Jeffrey Bernard may now be dead rather than unwell, and Soho may have irrevocably changed, but the play remains an uncanny evocation of a sozzled, homeless Peter Pan who was always one of life's lost boys," Michael Billington, The Guardian.

Where You Can See It

Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell is at the Old Vic, The Cut, London SE1 (0171- 494 5372) until 25 Sept