A musical version of the classic Michael Caine and Steve Martin film might sound like a dirty rotten scandal, but Jerry Mitchell, together with Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek have created a sophisticated production that is bound to be a West End smash.
In the French Riviera, seasoned swindler Lawrence (Robert Lindsay) is preparing for a new season of conning wealthy women out of their fortunes. Yet when he teams up with Freddy (Rufus Hound) he realises he’s bitten off more than he can chew. Which of them will win the love of millionaire Christine (Katherine Kingsley) and the ultimate prize? Dirty tricks and hood-winking by the score… But who is cheating who?
There’s not a lot left to say about Robert Lindsay, who was made for the role of Lawrence, oozing a sexy charm that would make 007 proud. He dances and sings the other men off stage, completely at ease and clearly enjoying himself in this role. His stunned and bemused expressions are perfect, reducing the audience to fits of giggles with a simple eyebrow raise or smirk.
Rufus Hound as Lawrence’s partner (and rival) in crime Freddy once again proves his comic genius, but also impresses with his own dancing ability. The stage partnership is extremely believable and an excellent piece of casting as the two of them bounce naturally off each other.
Samantha Bond brings true class to the piece as poor conned Muriel who follows her ‘prince’ across France. Her duet Like Zis/Like Zat with Lawrence’s loyal servant Andre (John Marquez) is one of the many highlights of the show, and the dancing wouldn’t look out of place in Top Hat.
The script is fast-paced and very clever, with plenty of atrocious foreign accents (and yodelling) that all British people love, plus some classic slapstick humour (mainly at Hound’s expense). The music manages to be cheerful, poignant and amusing and will have you tapping your toes.
Songs range from the clever and amusing (the lyrics to All About Ruprecht just make you giggle), to the big ballads (Katherine Kingsley’s performance of both Here I Am and Nothing is of Good to Be True is truly fantastic), not to mention the Dirty Rotten Number, which is a classic show finale.
Slick, quick and suave, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a brilliant production that guarantees giggles and will have you snorting into your champers!
Review by Michaela Clement-Hayes
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
CAST: Robert Lindsay (Lawrence Jameson), Rufus Hound (Freddy Benson), Katherine Kingsley (Christine Colgate), Samantha Bond (Muriel Eubanks), John Marquez (Andre Thibault), Lizzy Connolly, Gavin Alex, Darren Bennett, Niamh Bracken, Lisa Bridge, Darren Carnall, Andy Conaghan, Phoebe Coupe, Claire Doyle, Alice Fearn, Selina Hamilton, Ian Knauer, Lisa Mathieson, Zak Nemorin, Genevieve Nicole, Javier Santos, Todd Talbot, Dominic Tribuzio, Jon Tsouras and Zara Warren.
CREATIVES: Jerry Mitchell – Director, Peter McKintosh – Set and Costume Designer, David Yazbek – Music and Lyrics, Jeffrey Lane – Writer
Previews from 10th March – Opening Night 1st April 2014
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 3.00pm
Tuesday 1st April 2014