As Sir Archer Martin Shee, President of the RA, along with Tim Spall and the cast of Academicians in Mike Leigh's epic movie, Mr Turner.
My version of Mr Turner.
Clive Francis on reworking Ben Travers' Thark
at the Park Theatre, Finsbury Park, London. 2013
Clive Francis has lightly edited and spruced up the text, and the result is a joyous evening that reminds us that Travers, like his contemporary PG Wodehouse, created an alternative universe in which panic always lurks just below the innocent surface. Francis himself, endows Sir Hector with a rogueish twinkle and an air of fluster that teeters on the edge of terror. I'd say that Ben Traver's farce remains as gloriously and sublimely irrelevant as it ever was. ★ ★ ★ ★ Michael Billington. The Guardian.
In this adapted version of the play by Clive Francis, the silly ass crosstalk routines are a delight and provides moments of unalloyed comic joy. Wonderfully funny, left me spluttering with joy. ★ ★ ★ ★ Charles Spencer. The Telegraph.
Joy of joys - a grade - one listed period farce done with style. A simply delightful harmless evening of retro comedy that provides surefire larks. ★ ★ ★ ★ Robert Gore-Langton. The Daily Mail.
The cast carry out this hilarity with great brio, especially Clive Francis who is pure joy to watch. ★ ★ ★ ★ Libby Purvis. The Times.
A classic piece of blissful tomfoolery. ★ ★ ★ ★ The Independent
Dates for 2013 so far include:
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Dec. 18th - 28th
Clive Francis' Scrooge is the
best! Birmingham Mail
A sleight of hand in
which, before our very eyes, he fills an empty stage with an entire Dickensian
landscape. Simply magic!
wonderful, wonderful Scrooge
The perfect antidote to
panto. Clive Francis gives us a beautifully gift-wrapped Christmas