Page 8, 17th November 1978

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Lavish religions musical

YET ANOTHER religious musical, Beyond the Rainbow, has come to London, following "Jesus Christ, Superstar" and "Godspell". It is a splendid and lavish spectacular which continues the old-fashioned traditions set by its predecessor. "Irene", at the Adelphi Theatre.

The story is very simple. God phones Sylvestro, played by Johnny Dorelli. He asks him to build an ark to save the people of his village from a Second Flood, which gives the designer an opportunity to devise a roost ingenious and exciting setting.

The conversations between God and the priest reminded me of those excellent Don Camillo films, in which Fernandel conversed with the Almighty.

It is, as it were, a literal translation, but to make it successful in an English context it ought to he adapted more freely, observing our traditions; then it may run for as long as it did in Rome, despite what some critics have said. It is a perfect night out for the family.

Turning to the legitimate theatre, Tom Stoppard's new play, "Night and Day", at the Phoenix Theatre, tells the story of a newspaper photographer and two rival journalists, in a race to beat each other to the biggest scoop of their respective careers. It Is an entertaining and witty play with a serious theme -a journali'st's criticism of sensational journalism. The three journalists are the house guests of Ruth Carson (beautifully played by Diana Rigg), who expresses her hatred of their greed for fame at any cost.

J.K.




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