From the sublime to the ridiculous summarises this unusual performance piece. Jon Hayes and David Woods take to the stage as Violet and Norman with guest appearances from Arthur. The dark and uncomfortable path the aged couple embark on has a feel of The League of Gentlemen surrounding it where you expect the unexpected. It is not easy to specify how long this … [Read more...]
Reviews of Comedy in London- West End and Off-West End
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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
For the audience, there’s not a moment’s respite. We chortle and scream, we cackle and squirm, we hoot, we howl and we are ultimately convulsed. Go see it: you will laugh all the way to the bank.
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Take a bunch of classically trained yet not entirely serious actors, rehearse a play then feed one of them half a bottle of gin just before curtain up and what have you got? Come on, you can do better than that! I said, WHAT HAVE YOU GOT? SH!T FACED SHAKESPEARE! That’s right! Birthed from under one of the more outrageous skirts of the Edinburgh fringe, this group … [Read more...]
The opening scene in The Frogs: Recroaked is sufficient to work out, very broadly speaking, what sort of an evening at the theatre a production of this nature is. The audience is told, plainly and simply, that this is all “meaningless” or otherwise “harmless” fun. If there any contemporary links to be made with this adaptation of an ancient Greek comedy, the … [Read more...]
William Andrews is back at the Soho Theatre with his new show Willy. His last show at the Soho Theatre was 9 years ago and a lot of stuff has happened to him and around him since then, stuff that William feels we ought to know. Life-enhancing stuff? No! Funny? Yes, Oh YES, OH YES! Just go! It's only running for a few days, blink and you'll miss it - so my advice is to … [Read more...]
Perhaps the most frequently asked question I receive relates to what I am seeing over the next week or two. Recently, I’ve been saying that I was going to see something called Shit-Faced Showtime, and this would seldom draw an indifferent reaction – some were intrigued, others were hopeful that I would enjoy it, still others sighed sympathetically. The audience … [Read more...]
This is the show in which hopefully nothing happens but the happenings that do happen actually almost didn’t happen (self-fulfilling prophesy) because there happened to be a glitch in the staging preventing the mariotronic “happenings” (small independently moving plaster-of-Paris figurines for the uninitiated) from proceeding which obliged a cast (uh-huh) member to … [Read more...]
It’s been five years since the phenomenon that is The Play That Goes Wrong erupted into being in a little theatre above a pub. Since that moment Mischief Theatre have gone from strength to strength, firmly establishing themselves in the national theatre-going conscious as purveyors of comedy sans pareil. Wisely, they have deviated from the original formula of … [Read more...]
Written and directed by Guy Unsworth, this hilarious play is a reworking of a classic episode of the BBC sitcom and I have to admit the sound of the show’s iconic theme at the start of the play transported me back to my childhood where I watched the programme with my family. Set in the 1970s at the Spencer’s house the play tells the story of Betty's (Sarah … [Read more...]