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A Chorus of Disapproval is a 1989 British film adapted from the Alan Ayckbourn play of the same title, directed by Michael Winner. Among the movie's cast are Anthony Hopkins, Jeremy Irons, Richard Briers, and Alexandra Pigg.

A Chorus of Disapproval
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Directed byMichael Winner
Written byAlan Ayckbourn
Michael Winner
StarringJeremy Irons
Anthony Hopkins
Prunella Scales
Jenny Seagrove
Sylvia Syms
Music byJohn Du Prez
CinematographyAlan Jones
Edited byChris Barnes
Michael Winner
Distributed byCurzon Films
Release date
August 18, 1989
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget$4 million[1]
Box office$216,373[2]

The story follows a young widower, Guy Jones, as he joins an amateur operatic society that is putting on The Beggar's Opera. He rapidly progresses through the ranks to become the male lead, while simultaneously conducting liaisons with several of the female cast.

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Filming LocationsEdit

The main filming locations in Scarborough were:

  • Scarborough Railway Station - Guy arrives in Scarborough at the beginning and leaves for Blackpool at the end
  • Duke of York Guest House, 1-2 Merchants Row, off Eastborough, Scarborough - Guy's lodgings
  • Castle Community Centre, East Sandgate - the cast rehearse The Beggar's Opera
  • Royal Opera House [now demolished], St Thomas Street - the cast rehearse and then perform The Beggar's Opera in the theatre


Time Out gave A Chorus of Disapproval a negative review, stating that most of the film's cast "can't cope with either the heavily truncated script or Winner's cloddish, half-baked direction." [3]


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