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THE BEGGAR'S OPERA
"Benedict's production captures the spirit of the piece
more successfully than darker, more Hogarthian versions,
making it the perfect pre-Christmas treat"
ROMEO & JULIET
A decade before Baz Luhrmann's movie, a hip-hop staging with black Montagues and white Capulets stunned the audience at Holland Park Theatre.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
"Fresh, lively and very, very funny" Capital Radio
"Superb performances" Time Out
"Rarely can this play have been presented so close to its original mileu.
Enjoy a classic English comedy in a classic English setting"
THE COUNTRY WIFE
"Benedict's detailed production
is gorgeously costumed, glamorously cast and with an orgy of spirited performances
that keep the action pumping alonglike a whippet on heat.
"A night of visual enchantmentand fast moving comedy
which only demands of the audiencethat it sits enraptured"
"Benedict not only directs with panache
but splendidly enacts the duplicity of the odious Pinchwife"
"Benedict has a wonderfully disgusting leer"
"Charles Grant is excellent as the giggling dandy, Sparkish"
"Innovative, charming, cleverly conceived" Stage
"I was often in stitches with laughter" Times
"In a visually enchanting and very funny staging,
Fenella Fielding plays Mrs Malaprop with deliciously ridiculous resolve"
"Peter O'Brien makes a lusty and lively Captain Absolute"
CANNIZARO PARK FESTIVAL
Through the inspired initiative of Wimbledon Theatre'[s Michael Lyas,
a summer festival ran for ten years and the many productions by Benedict included
As You Like It, The Beaux Stratagem, The Importance of Being Earnest,
The Three Musketeers, Lady Windermere's Fan and The Beggar's Opera
(in which Macheath made a spectacular escape, atop the Lloyd's Bank black horse, galloping up a flight of stone steps to freedom)