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Raise a glass of wine to Hic!



Preview by Paul Nelson

CONCLUDING the summer season in fine style, Wimbledon Studio Theatre will present Julian Curry in Hic! Or The Entire History of Wine (abridged).

How did wine begin? Who put the bubbles in champagne? What was Jeeves' patent morning reviver? What do you do when a chap forgets to pass the port? Julian Curry's delightful entertainment is filled with wit and wisdom from the world of wine.

A fruity blend rich with anecdotes and quotations from wine lovers both real and fictitious, Hic! includes the words of PG Wodehouse, Charles Dickens, Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde and even Jancis Robinson.

Actor Julian Curry, probably best known as Claude Erskine-Brown from Rumpole of the Bailey, unites his twin passions of wine and theatre.

Julian Curry said: "I was inspired by Hugh Johnson's book on wine. It was the bit about the Rhine drying up that first got to me.

"Drying up to such an extent that people rode across the riverbed on horseback. My love of wine and Johnson's scholarship dances off the page, thanks to such evocative detail. I first read the passage about the 1540 Steinwein years ago, and it has never left me."

Julian Curry has performed Hic! the world over, the critics have raved -

"An absolute gem." Decanter Magazine.

"An hilarious and informed one-man-play. Laughing gear is a pre-requisite." Wine Magazine.

Hic! promises a wine tasting at the end of the performance, a fine evening for wine and theatre lovers alike.

Julian Curry has written a book to accompany the show, which will be on sale from the Studio Theatre's Bar.

Julian Curry in HIC! Or The Entire History of Wine (abridged). Presented at Wimbledon Studio Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 on June 1 at 7.30pm. Tickets 020 8540 0362


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