A Chorus of Disapproval Reviews
The story follows a young widower, Guy Jones (Irons), as he joins an amateur operatic society that is putting on The Beggar's Opera. He rapidly progresses through the ranks to become the male lead, while simultaneously conducting liaisons with several of the female cast.
This quirky, often weird film has basically a human interest story to tell. All the characters of this theatrical group have been trying to learn a play that struggles on and on. But the real story is the people in the group. Hopkins wife starts an affair with our newcomer Irons. And so on and so on he goes with others in the theatrical tribe.
Fans of Jeremy Irons and of course, Anthony Hopkins, will find this quirky, strange movie uh.... interesting.
Not a conventional film at all, but that doesn't make it necessarily good.
Jeremy Irons - Guy Jones
Anthony Hopkins - Dafydd Ap Llewellyn
Prunella Scales - Hannah Ap Llewellyn
Jenny Seagrove - Fay Hubbard
Sylvia Syms - Rebecca Huntley-Pike
Gareth Hunt - Ian Hubbard
Patsy Kensit - Linda Washbrook
Lionel Jeffries - Jarvis Huntley-Pike
Alexandra Pigg - Bridget Baines
Richard Briers - Ted Washbrook
Barbara Ferris - Enid Washbrook
Pete Lee-Wilson - Crispin Usher
Dave King - Mr. Ames
Amanda Mainard - Woman in Theater
Dinah May - Girl at Work
Anne Priestley - Hilda Shaw
Audrey Trotter - Mrs. Bawden
Directed by Michael Winner
Written by Alan Ayckbourn
Music by John Du Prez
Cinematography Alan Jones
Editing by Chris Barnes
Distributed by Curzon Films
Release date(s) 1988
Running time 105 minutes
Country United Kingdom