A Chorus of Disapproval

A Chorus of Disapproval

Michael Winner (1988)

PG Certificate


Our Score
If you want to remove the comedy, pithy insights, energy and spirit from the work of stage maestro Alan Ayckbourn, your first choice of director should be Michael Winner. The very idea of Winner employing his customary sledgehammer to Ayckbourn's subtle drama is surreal in the extreme. And, as expected, the director lumbers his way through a text from which odd moments of social satire escape untouched, but more by good luck than design. He even manages to draw unflattering performances from several British notables (including Richard Briers, Sylvia Syms, Lionel Jeffries and Jeremy Irons), though Anthony Hopkins brings some force and flourish to his role as an amateur theatre director.


A shy widower gets entangled in romantic intrigue while rehearsing with an amateur theatrical troupe in Scarborough. Comedy based on Alan Ayckbourn's stage play, starring Jeremy Irons, Anthony Hopkins, Prunella Scales, Lionel Jeffries, Jenny Seagrove, Gareth Hunt and Patsy Kensit.

Cast & Crew

Actor Jeremy Irons
Actor Anthony Hopkins
Actor Prunella Scales
Actor Lionel Jeffries
Actor Jenny Seagrove
Actor Gareth Hunt
Actor Patsy Kensit
Director Michael Winner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Hobo Film EnterprisesGuidance: Swearing.Available on: video and DVD