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It was a choice of presentation nicely described by Winifred Bannister in Theatre World as ‘dictated by the present need to find something acceptable to young and old without creating dissension at a christening’. With a four-piece orchestra, pretty sets by Peter Rice and direction by Bryan Bailey – ‘skilful, especially at the joins’ according to the very particular Miss Bannister! – Half in Ernest played out its short season without transferring to Shaftesbury Avenue. Over to Miss Bannister for a perceptive account of what went on on stage – ‘The acting was excellent in most cases. I shall never see Lady Bracknell again in my mental vision without hearing Marie Löhr booming ‘The cloakroom at Victoria – that grim phantasmagoria .’ and picturing a host of red-faced little Ernests rocking pitifully in their handbags.