THEATRE NOTE­BOOK

The Jewish Chronicle - - ARTS&BOOKS -

WHEN RON Hutchin­son’s play Moon­light and Mag­no­lias made its UK de­but at the Tri­cy­cle Theatre in North Lon­don last year, it seemed it would be the per­fect com­pan­ion piece to go with the new mu­si­cal Gone With the Wind. While Trevor Nunn’s pro­duc­tion of­fered the stage ver­sion to the epic book and film, Hutchin­son’s play of­fered the inside story about how two Jews — pro­ducer David O Selznick and writer Ben Hecht — col­lab­o­rated with the WASP di­rec­tor Vic Flem­ing in a des­per­ate bid to re­write the dodgy script for the film.

But since then the mu­si­cal has turned out to be a fist-eat­ingly bor­ing turkey, surely gob­bling its way to early clo­sure, while Hutchin­son’s play, Note­book learns, is mak­ing a wel­come re­turn to the Tri­cy­cle in July. The les­son of which is, if it is a com­pan­ion piece to Moon­light and Mag­no­lias you want, read the book, watch the movie, buy the T-shirt if you must (they bear the line “Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn”), but steer clear of the mu­si­cal.

Moon­light and Mag­no­lias is re­turn­ing to the Tri­cy­cle

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