by Jez Bond

I’ve just returned from the Menier’s production of ‘Sweet Charity’ at the Haymarket Theatre. I’ve enjoyed many of their productions in the past – both straight plays and musicals, both transferred and at their venue. This seemed an odd choice however and almost entirely lacked a plot line in the first act, being simply an episodic journey that was unable to engage or hook one in. Therefore, despite a competent production and strong performances from Tamzin Outhwaite and the rest of the cast, it doesn’t rate highly amongst the many shows I have seen over the past few weeks.

Being a charity means that we are eligible for gift aid. I’ve been researching this thoroughly today. Not only can we claim a rebate from HMRC but higher rate tax payers are also able to claim. As a new high bracket is soon to be introduced with a rate of 50%, this will mean that for the end cost of £1 to the high rate tax payer we would receive an end amount of £2. Now that’s what I call sweet charity!

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