Based on the novel by LP Hartley, Michael Crawford stars in this endearing and poignant story of an older man recalling his youth; and memories which have lasted a lifetime.
Although now in his early 70s, there is still very much something of the winsome quality that won our hearts all those years ago when Michael starred in sitcom Some Mothers do ‘Ave Em.
And despite his many subsequent successes on the stage, it is what we best and unapologetically remember him for.
Michael carries the show, always present, although sometimes in the shadows whilst he relives his youth through his younger self.
It’s a tale of innocence, illicit love, subterfuge and class. The teenage actors are superb; their sharply contrasted upbringing and social standing presenting a perfect picture of the gaping chasm in British society – as relevant now as it ever was.
Michael watches on in bemusement and discomfort at the events of half a century ago, recalled with a clarity that time cannot diminish.
He acts and sings to a standing ovation – and well deserved.
I can thoroughly recommend this gentle, nostalgic and thought-provoking musical production – especially well suited to silver travellers.