The Chalk Garden is a droll show but the Great Egret of British comedy manages ...

By Patrick Marmion for the Daily Mail

Published: 01:28 BST, 1 June 2018 | Updated: 01:28 BST, 1 June 2018

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A copy of Debrett’s guide to social etiquette in Fifties high society may help interpret the postures and pecking orders of Enid Bagnold’s 1955 play, here starring Penelope Keith.

It’s a droll drawing room comedy about an elderly dowager (Keith) determined to hang on to her fractious teenage granddaughter in defiance of the girl’s gallivanting mother. 

The plot is an amiable muddle in which the mum is eloping to Aden with her diplomat fancy man, which in turn prompts the grandmother to hire a governess (Amanda Root) who is a

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