ROGER REES: WHAT YOU WILL
Roger Rees is probably best known today in Britain for his appearances on American television in West Wing and Cheers. Older theatregoers will remember him as Nicholas Nickleby in Trevor Nunn’s legendary production for the RSC in 1980. He looked as of he had stepped out of a Phiz drawing and was perfect casting for Dickens’s hero.
At the RSC his major Shakespearian roles included Hamlet, Berowne, Antipholus, Tusenbach and he was also very funny as a zealous zealot in Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist and the young Undershaft in Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara.
Rees has been away for far too long. He was seen here briefly in 2010 playing opposite Ian McKellen in Waiting for Godot. It’s good to see him on the London stage again. At 68 he still has the charm and nervous energy which informed all his performances in his youth.
His 90-minute one-man show includes soliloquies from Shakespeare, Dickens’s description of Mr Wopsle from Great Expectations and James Thurber’s American detective story reader’s interpretation of Macbeth.
Rees is seen momentarily in two roles he never played: Richard II, a role for which he was eminently suitable, and as Juliet’s Nurse, a reminder that in Shakespeare’s day she would have played by an older actor.
There are also familiar and unfamiliar theatrical anecdotes, memories of his father and schoolboy howlers, culled from examination essays on Shakespeare. It all makes for a gentle, light and pleasing entertainment and could, hopefully, alert the commercial and the subsidized theatre to his presence and offer him a play.
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Pension Trends, Chapter 5: State Pensions, 2013 Edition
A larger proportion of men than of women receive the full Basic State Pension (BSP): in September 2012, 80% of male pensioners received full BSP compared with only 46% of female pensioners.
Surge in population
Britain's population could surge to 132 million over the next century thanks to growing life expectancy and high immigration, officials said this week.
People born in 25 years’ time are likely to live five years longer than those born today, according to the forecast by the Office for National Statistics.
The ONS said UK life expectancy for 2012 is 78.7 years for men and 82.4 for women – but in 25 years time this will have climbed to 84 for men and 87.3 for women.
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Tackling the challenges of dementia
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is pleased to announce that, along with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) it's awarding £20 million to six research projects which will significantly add to our understanding of dementia.
Amongst other things, the research will look at how we can better prevent dementia, and improve the quality of life of those with dementia and their carers.
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Retirement income needs to come from a variety of sources
After a year-long study into the consumer experience of buying an annuity, the Financial Services Consumer Panel concluded that the market does not work well for the majority of consumers and urged a review. Andy Zanelli, head of retirement planning, AXA Wealth, comments on the need to look at a variety of sources for securing income in retirement.
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Robert Tanitch reviews Drawing the Line at Hampstead Theatre, London, NW3.
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India is a financial burden Britain can no longer afford. Prime Minister Atlee dispatches Radcliffe to divide the sub-continent into two new sovereign dominions. Five weeks to dismantle an empire clearly isn’t long enough. The haste is indecent. But that’s all Radcliffe has.
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Today's pensioners may not have to endure daily Bush Tucker trials to top up their shopping baskets but for almost 70% of people surveyed by the deVere Group, cost of living is the primary concern about retiring in the UK.
According the results of a recent survey of 1,231 over 50's questioned by the international financial consultancy, cost of living is the primary motivation for quitting Britain with almost half (49.5%) stating that they have 'seriously considered', 'are thinking about', or 'would be tempted' to live overseas during retirement.
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