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Review: A Song at Twilight, Theatre Royal Norwich


By Lynn News Reporter


Acting royalty is in town as Simon Callow and Jane Asher appear in this rather touching Noel Coward play.

A Song At Twilight by Noel Coward Directed by Stephen Unwin Designer Simon Higlett Lighting Designer Ben Ormerod Simon Callow as Hugo Latymer Jane Asher as Carlotta Gray Jessica Turner as Hilde Latymer Ash Rizi as Felix (a waiter) ©NOBBY CLARK (8370626)
A Song At Twilight by Noel Coward Directed by Stephen Unwin Designer Simon Higlett Lighting Designer Ben Ormerod Simon Callow as Hugo Latymer Jane Asher as Carlotta Gray Jessica Turner as Hilde Latymer Ash Rizi as Felix (a waiter) ©NOBBY CLARK (8370626)

It is beautifully done, with Callow drawing on all his comprehensive talents to portray the elderly and pompous Sir Hugo, an award-winning author with a secret ready to be told.

Asher plays a former flame, Carlotta, and you know she wants to meet up for some sinister reason but you’re not sure quite what. Mention should also go to Jessica Turner as the wife, Hilde, who has, for my money, some of the best one liners.

Indeed, it is perhaps the script that is the real star. It is sharp, penetrating and fast moving. Lord knows how they learnt all those lines.

The vocal gymnastics are a joy and the subject matter, the great reveal, reflects the times and the struggles the playwright himself had.

It was his last play, first performed in 1966, and leaves you with a bittersweet feeling as you consider what many had to endure and the ramifications it had for others.

The show continues until Saturday. More details are available at www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Sarah Hardy



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