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John Lithgow's Stories By Heart

at the Lyttelton Theatre, London

19th and 26th October 2009

Report by Jamie Jarrett

John Lithgow, of Third Rock from the Sun fame and many other programmes and films, appeared recently at the Lyttelton Theatre in London, which is part of the National Theatre complex on the South Bank.

About 20 members of the Society went along for his first performance and it turned out to be a highly enjoyable and memorable evening.

Lithgow performed two short stories, both of which had meaning for him in a family context. These stories were Uncle Fred flits by and Haircut by P G Wodehouse and Ring Lardner respectively. Lithgow had used Plum's story to cheer up his father after a major operation and credited this with making his father laugh again and in no small way helping start his father's recovery. He showed a consummate skill in portraying each and every character (about 11 or 12 in all) in this hilarious story and had the audience in rapture.

With Haircut also, although a story by parts funny and others very reflective on the nature of life, Lithgow was supreme. This really was an event not to be missed. It was his first appearance on stage in the UK and was also his 64th birthday. If John Lithgow appears again in this country I will certainly be going along ...

The Times wrote a very good article on the evening which you can read by clicking here.