Copies of the unabridged reviews are available on request

 

Bother! has achieved multiple awards, including:

 

The Hollwood Drama-Logue Critics Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre - Concept and Performance

 

 

LA Weekly Theater Award for Performance in a One-Character Show

 

Dear Peter, Pooh is as English as Brer Rabbit is American.  And so a dramatic interpretation, to be as faithful as possible to the original, must not only use the author's words but speak them with an English accent.  Many Americans know Pooh only through Walt Disney's cartoon version.  This is an interpretation which, to me, is so far from the original as to be unrecognisable. By contrast, Bother! is totally English, sympathetic and truthful.

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN MILNE OCTOBER, 1987  

 

 

Dear Peter, Thank you for performing so delightfully at the Zoo.  I had fears beforehand that we might, standing there in the cold, feel a little restless.  Not a bit of it! You held us entranced!  

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN MILNE OCTOBER, 1981  

 

 

ONCE UPON A TIME  

With reality pressing down on the world like the closing lid of a coffin, a little magic is necessary to help light the darkness.  I don't mean hocus-pocus magic but the twinkle and mist contained in fairy tales.   We need and should honor the kinds of storytellers who can weave gold out of cotton and sprinkle the ceiling of an ordinary room with stars.  Theirs is a rare talent to enchant with tales told from books and from their own rich imaginations.   I have known two true storytellers in my life: Alec Haley, who could spellbind an audience with episodes from his Tennessee boyhood, and Peter Dennis, who crosses the country reading—creating—stories of Winnie-the-Pooh.  

AL MARTINEZ, LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

 

…I was at The Hollywood Bowl on Sunday.  Peter Dennis was reading from "Winnie-the-Pooh" to music conducted by George Daugherty.  The audience was entranced. So was I." AL MARTINEZ, LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

 

The show is a must for adults and older children - old enough to recognize the spirit of reminiscence in Milne's non-sacharine, superbly crafted tales and poems. Dennis makes each character a a living, breathing prescence 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 us... A tour de force performance...

LYNNE HEFFLEY, LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

 

Subtle sounds of nature immerse the listener in Pooh's world, and provide a backdrop for Peter Dennis' enchanting performance. Dennis' ability to switch characters and moods allows him to accurately portray the range of characters in the stories. All ages will enjoy this marvelous performance of Milne's words.

AUDIO BOOKS & AUDIO FILE - M.P.T.

 

 

I simply lack the eloquence needed to let you know how very much your Pooh reading moved me.   Suffice it to say it was one of the best nights of “theater” I have ever spent.  Your generosity of spirit infused Milne’s poetry with a sense of whimsy and melancholy that was so pure and went straight to the heart.  You are a true artist and I respect and admire your talents.  Thank you for a wonderful evening and here’s to many more.

EMILY SCHULMAN, EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY, LOS ANGELES     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…"Bother!" may be the local theatrical event of the year. …Dennis is a brilliant storyteller.  There may be no books that are more fun to read aloud to children.  Still, hearing it done by a pro—perhaps the pro—is not to be missed.

TODD EVERETT, LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

 

... Memories of creaking rocking chairs, crackling fires and bedtime stories filled the minds of many who were whisked away to childhood Thursday at the Woodstock Opera House.  Dennis’ performance cradled the audience like a warm blanket on a cold winter night.  From the opening story of Piglet meeting a heffalump to the final tale of Christopher Robin and Pooh coming to an enchanted place, the audience listened in entranced silence.

WOODSTOCK OPERA HOUSE ROBERT W. DIEDRICH, THE NORTHWEST HERALD, WOODSTOCK, ILLINOIS

 

 

... The party, fueled by wine and high spirits, was a noisy affair, its level of sound edging steadily upward as the evening progressed, which made silence at the height of the gaiety all the more remarkable.  Nothing gigantic or momentous caused the stillness, which lay like a warm blanket over the evening’s participants.  It simply came about with the presence of a man named Peter Dennis and a little bear named Pooh.  The party was in honor of the 90th birthday of Betty Lello, a former teacher who, in imagination, has often walked the trail to Pooh’s house through the 100 Aker Wood, past the trap for heffalumps and the place where the woozle wasn’t. ... Sixty people were drawn to the small living room of the home where the party was held to hear Dennis re-create the voices of Eeyore and Piglet and the always-caring Pooh.  They listened in enchanted silence ....  Dennis gave the sadness substance and Pooh’s caring significance, applying it somehow to the sadness in everyone’s life when no one cares, and the triumph of the spirit when someone does.  There was a loving quality to the presentation, a oneness to those of us in the room who listened, a gentle commonality which, for a little while, bound us together with ribbons provided by Pooh. ...

PRIVATE RESIDENCE, TOPANGA, CALIFORNIA AL MARTINEZ, LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

 

... For people who were raised on Pooh stories, or who connect with Milne’s wistful humor and wry observations, this show should be magical.  For people immune to the charms of Pooh, it’s still an entertaining evening, thanks largely to Dennis’ affectionate and engaging performance.    With superb vocal characterizations and carefully chosen postures and movements, Dennis perfectly captures the intelligence and innocence of Milne’s writings and Pooh’s world. ...

THE AMERICAN STAGE THEATRE MARTY CLEAR, WEEKLY PLANET, ST. PETERSBURG

 

 

... Dennis’s myriad expressions, voices and gestures of Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore and others will kick-start even the rustiest imagination.  Dennis’ craggy sorta-familiar-but-can’t-quite-place-it face is wonderfully expressive.  He brings to glorious life each individual character as he reads. ...

THE AMERICAN STAGE THEATRE NATALIE NICHOLS, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, FLORIDA

 

 

...The reason I am as I am is simple.  I never read Winnie-the-Pooh as a kid.  There you have it.  The awful truth.  Then a man at the paper suggested I see the British actor Peter Dennis’ one-man show of A. A. Milne’s works.  He seemed to think it would be a hoot that this presumed tough-broad columnist would come back weeping in print for her lost childhood.  Not me.  Why boo-hoo when you can embarrass yourself by telling 400,000 people at once you never read the greatest work of children’s literature in the twentieth century until you were nearly 45?  So I went.  Listening was part pleasure, part relief.  Here were stories meant to stir up the kid within and nobody once said the word ‘disfunction’.  Listening to Dennis, I was reminded why every child has an imaginary friend, and why an imaginary friend is a child’s most necessary companion.  Listening to Dennis, I was also reminded that as adults we almost all lose our ability to spin stories, and to need nothing but the pleasure of being alive.  Christopher Robin called it doing Nothing.   And when it came time to grow up, he knew just what would happen.  “I’m not going to do Nothing any more ... they don’t let you.”  Don’t think for a minute that I became weepy when Peter Dennis reached this part.  No way.  Not this tough cookie.  Did not.  Not for long, anyway.  And I am no longer embarrassed to have been Pooh-poor for so long.  Instead I have had the pleasure that first-times always bring, a more complex pleasure than a child’s perhaps, but still just as sweet. ...

THE AMERICAN STAGE THEATRE, ST. PETERSBURG MARY JO MELONE, COLUMNIST, THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES  

 

 

... You may never have taken a frolic in the “Hundred Aker Woods” with Christopher Robin, Pooh and the rest of A.A. Milne’s memorable creations.   Or you may be one of his legion fans, young and old.  Either way, do yourself a favor and celebrate the Bear of Very Little Brain’s 70th birthday at “The Winnie-the-Pooh Marathon”, a reading of the entire Pooh canon, at Every Picture Tells A Story on Sunday by the world’s foremost Pooh interpreter, British actor Peter Dennis.  Don’t expect anything remotely Disney-like.  With book in hand, this silver-haired actor, the only one authorized by the Pooh Trust and the Milne Estate to perform the works on stage, captures the wistful resonances underlying Milne’s tales, using only body and voice with remarkable results.  Inevitably, it is the adults in the audience who respond most keenly. ...

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY, LOS ANGELES LYNNE HEFFLEY, LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

 

... you may find yourself getting a bit weepy, no matter what your age, at the thought of saying goodbye to childhood and childhood friends.  Luckily, you can always attend another performance to remind yourself that Pooh lives forever ...

THE ASOLO CONSERVATORY, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY KAY KIPLING, THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER, SARASOTA, FLORIDA

 

 

... Dennis makes you feel like you've gathered in his living room for some after-supper readings of Pooh's adventures.  It's simply a charming evening ... leaving me with a sense of melancholy about the stories never written and desire to read them all again with new eyes. ...

THE ASOLO CONSERVATORY, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY JAY HANDELMAN, SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE

 

 

... If you’re looking for a show that will knock your socks off, then the Asolo Conservatory’s Bother! isn’t it.  But if, amid the stresses and struggles of the holiday season, you’d really like a chance to relax, snuggle down and perhaps warm your toes by the fire, then there’s no better way to spend your evening.  ... Peter Dennis is one of those rare individuals who has not lost touch with his child within.  Dennis brings Milne’s stories to life with a combination of sophistication and delight, sure to please Pooh fans of all ages, and leaves you with an inner smile — warm, content and ready to trundle off to bed. ...

THE ASOLO CONSERVATORY, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY WILLA HAYNES, BRADENTON HERALD  

 

 

... Dennis appreciates the deeper meanings, but as a master storyteller, he leaves the characters and Milne’s delicious language in the spotlight.  Best of all, we’re left wanting to hurry home to reread the books.  Dennis originally developed Bother! for adult audiences who remember the stories from their own childhoods, but now he offers a special performance for children who are ready to graduate from Disney’s version.  Perhaps so parents won’t have to explain why the tale that sends their children into laughter brings tears to their own eyes. ...

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY, HOLLYWOOD ANN HASKINS, LA WEEKLY CALENDAR

 

 

... Bother! is a gem.  British actor Peter Dennis has made A.A. Milne and his inimitable Winnie-the-Pooh stories a true specialty, and his enactment of these tales is simple, unpretentious and indescribably magical. Bother! on view at the Famous Door Theatre is a painless journey of simple oral interpretation, laced with witty characterizations and infused with wave after wave of indelible truth. ...

THE FAMOUS DOOR THEATRE, CHICAGO SID SMITH, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 

 

... The adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his pals are clever, thoughtful satires of the absurdities of human behavior, and the more experience one has of that, the funnier Milne's material is.  This droll evening of story telling by British actor Peter Dennis makes a convincing case that the Pooh tales, inspired by Milne's son Christopher Robin and his toy animals, are really aimed at adults, though older pre-teens are likely to enjoy Bother! as well.   Dennis steers clear of sticky nostalgia, cloying cuteness, and Disney-style exaggeration; his brisk, intelligent delivery highlights the Wodehousian humor and psychological insight informing these studies of friendship ... his often hilarious impersonations of Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet and the rest of Milne’s menagerie recall the rustic clowns of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. ...

THE FAMOUS DOOR THEATRE ALBERT WILLIAMS, CHICAGO READER

 

 

Dennis uses his silky, almost whispery voice and deft bits of body language to create the whole whimsical menagerie in a way that endows each of the many characters with a vivid and instant identity.  Warm, unfussy and just short of precious, his renderings, performed with book in hand, are designed to enchant an adult audience, although children familiar with the stories will surely enjoy Dennis' nuanced dramatics - the theatrical equivalent of engaging line drawings. ...

THE FAMOUS DOOR THEATRE HEDY WEISS, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES  

 

 

... Is a visit to Bother! worth bothering about for anyone over six?  The answer has got to be "Yes", for Milne's Pooh stories are at the very peak of children's literature, at the point where childish entertainment is transformed into high artistry and deep wisdom.  ... they are gently ironic stories about childhood, narrated from a completely adult point of view - amused, indulgent, tender, and aware (as Christopher Robin was not) that the delights and difficulties of childhood last only for a time, before nature drives the self on to other stages of life. Dennis can be quite sure that he has dedicated himself to a text worthy of his own great talent. ...

THE MANDEVILLE AUDITORIUM, THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO THE SAN DIEGO READER

 

 

L.A. WEEKLY THEATER AWARD FOR PERFORMANCE IN A ONE-CHARACTER SHOW  

 

 

... In Which Peter Dennis Gives a Splendiferous Performance and the Audience Gets a Treat ... the stories are better than we have ever heard them before.  We get to hear a very old kind of language, a simple language, filled with happy and sad sounds ... There is an extra-special sweetness that is nothing like the sugary sweetness we can hear in Winnie-the-Pooh cartoons by Mr. Disney.  It is the real sweetness of the last drops of honey at the very bottom of the jar in the middle of the forest on a windy day surrounded by distant green hills as the bees buzz around the very top of a big old oak tree where the birds are singing and the stream slips slowly under the wooden bridge that leads to the outland.  If we are friendly with bears and memories of what is not new, we will love to hear Peter's stories.  If we are not, we won't.  ...                                      

THE TAMARIND THEATRE, HOLLYWOOD TOM PROVENZANO, L.A. WEEKLY

 

 

... A.A. Milne's celebrated bear is brought vividly to life by actor Peter Dennis ... Friends of Pooh jostle into the Heriot-Watt theatre squeaking like Piglets and bouncing like Tiggers.  No children, you understand.  The show starts at 10.45 p.m. when the little horrors are safely tucked up in bed.  This is for Adults Only.  "The grown ups laughed a lot," said Piglet ... "You couldn't ask for better story telling," said Pooh ...

THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE THE SCOTSMAN      

 

 

... Peter Dennis’s performance makes you realise Winnie-the-Pooh stories are designed to be read out loud to a listener who is preferably curled up in bed with a cup of cocoa.  It’s worth forsaking several weeks supply of cocoa, though, to hear Peter Dennis who simply reads out the stories with no fuss and no frills.  He brings the familiar, enchanted world of Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore to life in a spellbinding way. ...

THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE FESTIVAL TIMES  

 

 

... His persuasive performance is all consuming, completely engrossing and also quite therapeutic ... I am sure there were more than one or two who went home to their bookshelves and dragged out a dusty old copy of A.A. Milne's stories to read themselves, having found a renewed devotion to a delightfully dumb Bear and his friends...THE MAN IN THE MOON THEATRE, CHELSEA, LONDON THE STAGE

 

 

...Peter Dennis’ wonderfully affecting one-man show continues to prove that the enjoyment of “children’s” books need not be limited to kids.  Dennis has come to take this child’s play very seriously and, after doing it for almost 20 years, has become a master. ...

THE CORONET THEATRE, LOS ANGELES VARIETY

 

 

... When I was a child, my father read aloud enthusiastically, and I was introduced early to A.A. Milne's stories and poems.  After I learned to read, Winnie-the-Pooh et al lost much of their charm ... In college days of much time and little money, I found myself sitting around drinking cheap wine and taking turns reading from Now We Are Six, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner - some of the dullest evenings of my life.  Bother! is far from those wine-and-Pooh parties of college days.  Dennis does more than read well, though the range and timbre of his versatile actor's voice, his nuances of accent and pronunciation, should not be underestimated. ...

THE CORONET THEATRE, LOS ANGELES RICHARD M. FINDER, LOS ANGELES EASY READER

 

 

... Pooh is about you and me and that cognac-colored moment when a scent of memory sends us flying back through time to a place in youth where, for a perfect instant, nothing is wrong.  Pooh is about the sweetness in our lives, and while I am more Eeyore than Piglet, the sweetness brushed like a breeze against my face one night last week at the Coronet Theatre in West Los Angeles.  Dennis has been the voice of Pooh for more than a decade, and brings to this remarkable one-man show a quality that goes beyond professionalism into an area we can't even begin to define .. The enchantment of an evening in the 100 Aker Wood was escape in its kindest sense, a brief removal from the pains and stresses that wrench our emotions from dawn to sunset, and sometimes into the shadows of our dreams. ...

THE CORONET THEATRE, LOS ANGELES AL MARTINEZ, LOS ANGELES TIMES          

 

 

... Bother! is a pleasant reminder that being read to by somebody else is nothing to sneeze at. This is distilled, de-Disneyfied Bear, and Dennis' well-modulated tones and clipped, British inflections fit the civilized world of Winnie-the-Pooh with a rightness you can feel down to your toes.  Bother! leaves you with a sunny spot inside and a hummy kind of feeling, knowing you'll never be so old that a Bear of Very Little Brain can't still inspire a chuckle or two. ...

THE CORONET THEATRE, LOS ANGELES MAGGIE DANIELS, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

 

 

... It's a lovely world, the world of A.A. Milne, and the 90 minutes spent in his company courtesy of Peter Dennis is a grand way to meet or re-meet the quintessential boy, his poetical bear of little brain and their cohorts: the pessimistic donkey, bragging tiger, skittish piglet, befuddled owl, bossy rabbit, motherly Kanga and enthusiastic Roo, all of them up to their usual anthropomorphic shenanigans.   Bother! is a respite from the weary world for those of us who've outgrown but never forgotten childhood, a sweet remembrance that conjures a tear in Dennis' final choice, "In Which Christopher Robin And Pooh Come To An Enchanted Place And We Leave Them There".  Children of the present seem to enjoy it, too. ...

THE CORONET THEATRE, LOS ANGELES MICHAEL LASSELL, LOS ANGELES HERALD EXAMINER

 

 

... Dennis, the Voice of Pooh Bear, first exposed Los Angeles to its contagion last December at the Lee Strasberg Creative Center.  He has now brought it back to the Coronet in living color and endearingly ignominious detail.  ... Bother! is a show for the already-acquainted or, at least, that a nodding relationship with A.A. Milne's disarmingly slow-witted creatures adds enjoyment and juice to Dennis' singular ability to portray them. He zeroes in uncannily on a single, prominent trait and evokes the entire character.  Anyone who's read Milne's celebrated books can quickly fill in the blanks.  Anyone who hasn't will make a run to read them.   ... Dennis is an irresistible enthusiast, a divinely arrested child with a twinkle in his eye and youth nobly pounding in his heart. ... there is nothing but 90 minutes of reawakened pleasure here, deliciously larded with wit. ...

THE CORONET THEATRE, LOS ANGELES SYLVIE DRAKE, LOS ANGELES TIMES    

 

 

That was the most wonderful evening I have ever spent in a theatre.  I’m Tigger!

CHARLTON HESTON THE CORONET THEATRE, LOS ANGELES MAY 1987  

 

 

“My mother wanted us to go to the moves, but I said “Couldn’t we do something different for a change”.  When she read out what was in the paper about Bother!, I said, “Hey, that sounds interesting.”.  You know, I could watch you all day.” Laura introduced me to her brother, aged, I think, thirteen.  He said, “You’re terrific.  I’m in acting too, you know!

LAURA RUBIN, A BLIND TWELVE-YEAR OLD GIRL WHO WAITED TO SPEAK TO PETER AFTER A PERFORMANCE  AT THE CORONET THEATRE, 1987        

 

 

... In his 90-minute program of Pooh stories and poems, Dennis makes it clear that this is significant literature (as well as good fun).  Hearing it read aloud in a theater, one can't help but compare it to the work of the great modern dramatists.  Think about it:  Isn't Milne's economy of language comparable to Harold Pinter?  Milne's sensibilities seem closer to Thornton Wilder's than to Samuel Beckett's, but the writing is vivid, thought-provoking and beautiful in its simplicity.  This was a writer who understood human nature.  And this is an actor who understands Milne and conveys his essence.  There is great warmth in Dennis's readings;  one leaves the theater with the good feeling of having shared some delightful stories with some good friends.  Ninety minutes of Pooh doesn't seem nearly enough. ...

THE CORONET THEATRE, LOS ANGELES TOM JACOBS, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS

 

 

...Peter Dennis captivates his audiences as he proceeds to bring all the inhabitants of Pooh's meadow to life.  What better way to introduce children to these classics than with Dennis's creations ...

THE LEE STRASBERG THEATRE INSTITUTE, HOLLYWOOD RICHARD BOZANICH, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 

 

THE HOLLYWOOD DRAMA-LOGUE CRITICS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN THEATRE - CONCEPT AND PERFORMANCE  

 

... To conceive such a simple evening of theatre magic is part of the imaginative talent Dennis displays but his acting range is what provides him with the ability to hold an audience's interest beyond the mere telling of a story. ...                                                  

THE LEE STRASBERG THEATRE INSTITUTE, HOLLYWOOD LEE MELVILLE, DRAMA-LOGUE

 

 

... Dennis gives these stories a different life than they've ever had on the printed page ... one that a hundred Disney animated features can't touch. This is theatre at its most personal: the kind of simple vehicle in which a versatile actor who had done his homework can create magic.  ...  this is the American premiere of priceless results ...                              

THE LEE STRASBERG THEATRE INSTITUTE, HOLLYWOOD SUSAN ARMINE, LOS ANGELES READER

 

 

...Peter Dennis gently coaxes the audience into their childhoods ... into a fantasy world that has as much to say to adults as it does to children ... What makes the piece so special is Dennis; he is a master craftsman ... It is a Pooh-fectly delightful evening ...                        

THE LEE STRASBERG THEATRE INSTITUTE, HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD VARIETY

 

 

... Dennis was introduced to Milne's characters "at the comparatively early age of 36" - this is a fortunate circumstance for the American public, for now we, too, can witness these characters coming to life through Dennis' marvelous interpretive skills.  His characterisations demonstrate a great personal fondness for Milne's creations, as well as a world class ability as a performer ... Bringing Dennis to the L.A. boards is a credit to Stage/Lee Strasberg.  Of course one would expect no less from an establishment named for the late Lee Strasberg, American dean of 'the Method' school of acting derived from the teachings of pioneer theatrical modernist Konstantin Stanislavsky.  Bother! is a gem of a show.  I can't recommend it too highly. A must for children from 6 to 106.  Don't miss it. .

THE LEE STRASBERG THEATRE INSTITUTE PAUL CLAY, THE ENTERPRISE

 

 

... 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 ...  

THE LEE STRASBERG THEATRE INSTITUTE LYNNE HEFFLEY, LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

 

... A simple evening, even a slight one, but Mr. Dennis, with his engaging characterisation and the gusto of his performance, transcends the whimsicality and brings one under the spell of A. A. Milne’s beautifully written tales.  A roaring fireside would be the ideal setting, but for an hour or so, even the bleak and icy cold Gate becomes almost an enchanted place. ...

THE GATE THEATRE, LONDON LUKE DIXON, CITY LIMITS

 

 

... Bother! is a quiet treat which parents should rush to take advantage of.  With so many inane or poorly acted children's shows gracing the Fringe, Peter Dennis provides a dextrous simplicity certain to charm the pants off children first discovering A.A. Milne or adults harbouring cosy memories.  ... His audience was composed exclusively of adults, happily cajoled into providing story requests.  Dennis brings the bemused Pooh and his sniffly pal Piglet to animation.  I left with a startling respect for Eeyore:  Old Grey Donkey, Poet, and surely Spokesman for our Times. ...

HERIOT WATT UNIVERSITY, EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE ROBERTA MOCK, THE LIST, EDINBURGH FESTIVAL EVENTS GUIDE

 

 

... A. A. Milne’s celebrated bear is brought vividly to life by actor Peter Dennis, who, like Pooh, has a pleasing manner, but admits to a positively startling lack of brain.  This is for Adults Only...his audience is reduced to giggling children, and that is exactly what they want. ...

HERIOT WATT UNIVERSITY, EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE HOWARD PURDY, THE SCOTSMAN

 

 

... An enchanting walk through the world of Winnie-the-Pooh.  Peter Dennis's performance makes you realise Winnie-the-Pooh stories are designed to be read out loud to a listener who is preferably curled up in bed with a cup of cocoa. It's worth forsaking several weeks supply of cocoa, though, to hear Peter Dennis who simply reads out the stories with no fuss and no frills. He brings the familiar enchanted world of Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore to life in a spellbinding way. ...

THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS, EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL TIMES

 

 

... Bother! An Hour With Pooh is an enchanting walk through the world of Winnie-the-Pooh. ...Peter Dennis radiates his love of the stories and captivates the children bringing out the best in Milne’s gentle humour. ...

THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS, EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL TIMES

 

WORLD PREMIERE, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14TH, 1976

A.D.C. THEATRE, CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND   

... It was one of those wonderfully spontaneous moments that could only happen in the theatre.  A hand came through the curtains holding a miniature figure of Winnie-the-Pooh.  At once the audience burst into a loud and joyous rendition of "Happy Birthday to You!"  For everyone had come to celebrate Pooh's 50th birthday — yesterday. ...This is an entertaining show, so deftly acted by Mr. Dennis that his performance is likely to be appreciated by adults more than children. ...

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