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 "Bother!"

"The Complete Works of Winnie-the-Pooh"

Archive of past performances of both the

Live Stage Shows and Radio Broadcasts

 

 

... The show is a must for adults and older children—old enough to appreciate the spirit of reminiscence in Milne's non-saccharine, superbly crafted tales and poems. Dennis makes each character a living, breathing presence with extraordinary deftness and clarity. Milne and Dennis are a happy collaboration. Together, they make us laugh, catch the throat and touch the memory of the child within each of us.... A tour-de-force performance ... Lynne Heffley, Los Angeles Times

BOTHER! The Brain of Pooh received its American premier at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in December 1986, before transferring to the Coronet Theatre in 1987. The show received eight 'Critics Choices' the "L.A. Weekly Theatre Award" and the "Drama-Logue Award".

Bother! has been performed at over 80 major theatres, festivals and universities throughout the United Kingdom and America.

Peter performing Bother! at the
Mark Taper Auditorium,
Los Angeles Public Library 1996
 
 Peter performing at the 2007 Celebration of the Arts Festival in Delaware Water Gap, PA.

WORLD PREMIERE OF BOTHER! THE BRAIN OF POOH
OCTOBER 14 1976
A.D.C. THEATRE, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY

Bother! has since been presented at the following venues:

  • Unveiling Ceremony by Christopher Milne of the bronze statue by Lorne MacKean in memory of Winnie, the original black American bear and Winnie-the-Pooh at the London Zoo, 1979
  • Unveiling Ceremony by Christopher Milne of the bronze plaque celebrating A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard at the Ashdown Forest, 1981
  • Opening of the A.A. Milne Room at the Garrick Club, London.
  • The Speaker’s House, The Palace of Westminster, London
  • International Teddy Bear Rallies at Birmingham, Liverpool and Longleat
U.S. PERFORMANCES
U.K. THEATRE

U.S. PREMIER
THE LEE STRASBERG THEATER, Hollywood
DECEMBER 16, 1986

U.S. COMMERCIAL PREMIER
THE CORONET THEATER,
Los Angeles
MAY 19, 1987
Produced by Christopher Toyne
 

L.A. WEEKLY CRITICS' & THEATER AWARD
THE HOLLYWOOD DRAMA-LOGUE CRITIC'S AWARD

 

THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
Narrating A. A. Milne's verses set to ‘The Wand of Youth Suite'
by Edward Elgar
The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conductor: George Daugherty

MANN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, PHILADELPHIA
' Narrating A. A. Milne's verses set to 'The Wand of Youth Suite'
by Edward Elgar
Philadelphia Orchestra, conductor: George Daugherty

ORANGE COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, Founders Hall
April 17 & 18, 2004
Narrating A. A. Milne’s verses set to ‘The Enchanted Place Suite’ by Don Davis
Chamber ensemble conducted by the composer, Don Davis, with Gloria Cheng

Other Performances:
English Speaking Union, New York
Dutton's, New York
Los Angeles Public Library,
Mark Taper Auditorium
UK/LA Festival
The Tamarind Theater, Hollywood
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
CAL.TECH
Chicago Cultural Centre
William Rainey Harper College, Illinois
Asolo Conservatory, Florida State University
American Stage Theatre, St. Petersburg
The Famous Door Theater, Chicago
Brigham Young University, Utah

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

"The Complete Works of Winnie-the-Pooh" in 18 half-hours.

PREMIER: KCRW Santa Monica, CA

"NPR Playhouse" (National Premier)

Bother! National Satellite Feed

"NPR Playhouse" (Repeat)

"NPR Playhouse" (Ultimate Show)

Replacement for "Rabbit Ears"

Replacement for "Chinwag Theater"

Numerous individual broadcasts by individual stations throughout 2010-11

(Licenced now withdrawn -

May 31, 2011)

 

Arts Theatre, Cambridge
Arts Theatre, London
Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood
Bryanston Arts Center, Dorset
Cannon Hill Theatre, Birmingham
Chelsea Arts Club, London
Courtyard Arts Trust, Gloucester
Dillington Arts Centre, Somerset
English Speaking Union, London
The Gate Theatre, London
Gatehouse Arts Centre, Shrewsbury
Greenwich Theatre, London
Hurlingharn Club, London
I.C.A. Theatre, London
London Toy Museum
Malthouse Theatre
Man in the Moon Theatre, London
Mayfair Theatre, London
Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
Plough Theatre, Devon
Polka Children's Theatre, London
Redgrave Theatre, Farnham
Salberg Theatre, Salisbury
Ston Easton Park, Somerset
Strode Theatre, Somerset
Theatre Royal, Norwich
Theobalds College, London
Tramshed Theatre, London
Theatre Clwyd, Wales
Walsall Arts Centre, Birmingham
Watermill Theatre, Newbury

 

U.K. UNIVERSITY THEATRES

A.D.C. Theatre, Cambridge University
St. Catherine's College, Oxford University
Homerton College, Oxford University
London University
Birmingham University
Cardiff University, Wales
Keele University
Sussex University
Warwick University
St. Andrew's University, Scotland
Stirling University, Scotland
Aberystwyth University, Wales

 

U.K. FESTIVALS

Battersea Arts Festival, London
Barbican Theatre Arts Festival, London
Buxton Arts Festival
Cambridge Arts & Music Festival
Cheltenham Arts & Crafts Festival
Covent Garden Theatre Festival, London
Dumphries Arts & Music Festival, Scotland
Edinburgh Festival 1982,1984, and 1991
Gloucester Arts Festival
Greenwich Arts & Music Festival
Oxford Festival of Theatre
Porlock Arts & Music Festival, Somerset
Richmond Arts Festival
Shropshire Arts Festival
Stoke on Trent Arts Festival

 

 
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