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Review: Maurice's Jubilee triumphs at the Waterside
HEARTWARMING, funny and poignant- Maurice's Jubilee had it all.
Written by and starring Nichola McAuliffe, I didn't really know what to expect, and was more than pleasantly surprised.
The story focuses on Helena, played by Sheila Reid, and Maurice, played by Julian Glover, who have been married for 66 years.
During that time Helena has had to cope with another love in Maurice's life- the Queen of England.
He said he met her the night before Her Majesty's Coronation but Helena says this is just a fantasy.
Maurice is now terminally ill with cancer and a nurse called Katy, played by Nichola McAuliffe, comes into their home to help him in his last few weeks.
His aim is to reach his 90th birthday so he can have tea with the Queen at 4pm, as promised 60 years ago.
The cast work wonderfully well together and it is this which makes the show such a success.
Sheila Reid and Julian Glover play the elderly couple who are still in love to perfection.
And Nichola McAuliffe makes the nurse seem kind and slightly shy, yet efficient and effective in her role.
I really felt sorry for Helena, who has had to cope with this other love for all her life. And then see Katy come in and almost seem to get on better with her husband as they share the same sense of humour.
The set is focused on the couple's front room and with the carefully placed lamps and big comfy chairs it is very well done.
The play also moved effortlessly from humour to tragedy.
Julian Glover had the best jokes and had the audience laughing out loud.
It is a feel good play as it focuses on how ordinary people deal with something extraordinary in their lives.
I think a lot of people can relate to that. This is definitely worth making a trip to the theatre to see.
Maurice's Jubilee is at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre until February 2 at 7.30pm each night and Thu and Sat matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets range from £10 to £27 from 0844 8717607 or go to www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury.
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