Well, wasn’t this the surprise package of this holiday (so far).
I booked thinking this was a production of Noel Coward’s play by the Old Vic, but staged at the Empire Cinema Haymarket. Partly true. I had failed to read the bit that said: ‘A musical adapted and staged by a Emma Rice’.
There was in-aisle entertainment as patron’s arrived. My heart sank. This could be a stinker. Should I spent my Sunday afternoon on this?
It seemed to get worse.
And then it was brilliant. A very clever adaptation of the romance of the original story crafted into a musical in a may which didn’t prevent the relationship between the two lead characters being subverted. I loved this production.
It was cleverly staged, with lots of humour and music inserted but the pathos was not lost.