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Touching performance of festive classic

PUBLISHED: 11:42 18 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:37 06 July 2010

IN among the tinsel, consumerism and Christmas fare, the Old Time Radio Club is presenting the gentle, touching and nostalgic 'It's a Wonderful Life' next week.

IN among the tinsel, consumerism and Christmas fare, the Old Time Radio Club is presenting the gentle, touching and nostalgic 'It's a Wonderful Life' next week.

The adaptation takes place on Monday, December 21, at the Seagull Theatre and follows on from the success of the club's Halloween production of the War of the Worlds.

The story is the same as the classic heart-warming and much-loved 1946 film starring Jimmy Stewart and directed by Frank Capra and was adapted and broadcast originally to support the Hollywood premiere, using the same cast as the film but in this case performed by the Old Time Radio Club - a newly-formed collective band of actors which was started in order to perform vintage radio plays in their original format.

The Old Radio Club originator Stephen Amer said: “The story of 'It's a Wonderful Life' is such a popular one and none of the warmth or sentiment is lost for the lack of visuals. And we're lucky enough to have a really strong cast including the vocal talents of Matthew Simpson, who is studying at the Italia Conti stage school in London, and Thomas Bailey, who is studying a post- graduate diploma and MA in theatre direction.”

The show will be performed in the same format as the original, with live sound effects and live music and will be performed on Monday, December 21, at 7.30pm for one night only.

Tickets are £6 in advance or £7 on the night and available from the Seagull Theatre box office on 01502 589726 or www.TheSeagull.co.uk


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