On Stage
 
 Under
 the Doctor

"Under the Doctor" opened at the Comedy Theatre, Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN, on Feb. 22, 2001, with previews from Feb. 15, 2001. It was originally scheduled to run through May 12, 2001, but closed on March 24. Before moving to London's West End, the show had a 10-day run at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, Feb. 1-10. Written by Peter Tilbury and directed by Fiona Laird, it stars Peter Davison, Anton Rodgers, Polly Maberly and Emma Pyke. The show is a modern twist on a French farce. The plot summary on the London Theatre Guide Online says: "The ever-resourceful Etienne makes easy money from a host of dishonest individuals hoping to keep their secrets under wraps." Davison plays Dr Jean-Pierre Moulineaux, another addition to the list of "doctors" he has played on screen and on stage. The playwright, Peter Tilbury, is a veteran TV writer, best known for the "Chef" television series, and Anton Rodgers was seen in "Noah's Ark." There's a bit of background on them, and a bit more information on the play here.
 
A review of "Under the Doctor" is available at Whatsonstage.com. There's another at Thisislondon.com. While many of the critics have been less than enthusiastic, theatre goers seem to have a different opinion. Here's some typical comments from people who saw the play as listed on the Whatsonstage.com site. Darren Dalglish of the London Theatre Guide Online enjoyed "Under the Doctor." Click here for his review. The Albemarle of London West End Theatre Guide has a sampling of reviews from a number of newspapers.
 
If you went to "Under the Doctor," either in London, or during it's preview run in Bromley, drop me a line, and let me know what you thought of it. I'll put your comments online.

I was in London recently, and got some pictures of the Comedy Theatre, done up for the play. To see them, click here.
 
 
 Chicago"Peter Davison Wins All Hearts"
The quote above was on the poster outside the Adelphi Theatre. Davison took over the role of "Amos Hart" in the London production of the musical "Chicago" on November 16, 1998. He played "Roxie's" husband for nine months. Theater Critic Darren Dalglish said: "Clarke Peters is a fine 'Billy Flynn' and Peter Davison is superb as downtrodden 'Amos Hart.' " Davison's last performance as Amos was be on Aug. 7, 1999. Davison was back on the stage of the Adelphi as Amos Hart in November and December 1999 for five weeks.

For Darren Dalglish's review of "Chicago" click here.

For more reviews, click here.
 
 
 CinderellaDavison appeared in a pantomime in Cambridge Christmas 1997. The play was Cinderella, and he played "Buttons," a role he has taken many times since the early '80s.

 Dial 'M'
 for Murder
April through December 1996, Davison was seen on the stage of the Apollo Theatre in London's West End in "Dial M for Murder." He played Tony Wendice, whose plans to murder his wife go disastrously astray.

Click here for Darren Dalglish's review of "Dial M for Murder."

The play "Dial M for Murder" by Fredrick Knott, is available from
 
 
 An Absolute
 Turkey
In 1994, Davison played "Vatelin" in the Globe Theatre production of "An Absolute Turkey," a farce by Georges Feydeau, translated into English by Nicki Frei and Peter Hall. Vatelin is the mostly faithful husband of the beautiful Lucienne, who is pursued by the married Pontagnac and the bachelor, Redillon.

"An Absolute Turkey" is available in paperback from .
 
 
 The Last
 Yankee
January 26, 1993, Davison took the stage at the Young Vic Theatre in the premere of Arthur Miller's "The Last Yankee." He played Leroy Hamilton, a decendant of Alexander Hamilton. The play takes place at a state mental hospital where Leroy, a carpenter proud of his craftsmanship, has come to visit his status-conscious wife, who has suffered a nervous breakdown. Zoe Wanamaker played Patricia Hamilton. The play ran for six months.

The play, "The Last Yankee" is available in paperback from
 
 
 Arsenic
 and Old Lace
In April 29-July 6, 1991, Davison played Mortimer (the role played by Cary Grant in the film) in "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Abby was played by Elizabeth Spriggs, Martha by Rosemary Harris, Teddy by Geoffrey Freshwater and Jonathan by Bernard Bresslaw. The play, by Joseph Kesselring, is a perennial favorite. Special thanks to Karen Mauldin for the information in this entry.

The play, "Arsenic and Old Lace" is available in paperback from
 
 
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