The latest show on at the Comedy Theatre is Dickens Unplugged, a five-man show put on by a bunch of hilarious Americans who take you on this ride through the life and times of Charles Dickens and some of his most famous works - Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carolit's a musical comedy that everyone, Dickens fan or not, will enjoy and laugh at.
Sometimes the actors add their American naunces into the script, and then they will turn serious and present a prose in perfect English with such emotion you sit there entranced.
I went twice, once for a matinee, and last night for the 7pm evening performance. Both shows were the same in their content but unique in their delivery - as it is on the stage. Basically it's just a whole lotta fun that had us rolling around in our seats. You'll go home with visions of Charles Dickens, grooving along with Miss Havisham and Bill Sykes, singing there's a party in my head...
I can't really be neutral here as I saw your man Richard Coyle (Jeff from Coupling) here playing a role in The lover / The collection by Harold Pinter. A whimsical play featuring excellent actors. But seeing that the show doesn't run any longer I can switch over to a quick description of the place itself:
It's exactly like a tourist would imagine an old London theatre kinda small, a little run-down and colourless but sporting a beautiful ceiling with a big chandelier and these old seats which won't give you any space for your legs.
Nice atmosphere altogether. (Also the location itself comes in handy pretty central with quite a few boozers near by.)
I'd be delighted to come back one day and witness another spectacle in there.
This is really charming theatre. The stalls entrance and bar is almost like popping into a tea room rather than an extortionately priced outing. If your price range is more around the £25 than the £65 mark, you'll be heading round the corner up to the balcony and its nose bleed seats.
Despite being on an almost vertical rake, the view from these seats is actually pretty good. For me, 6'1 with gangly limbs, the real problem was the seats themselves. In addition to the usual cramped leg room that's customary in the old West End theatres, the seats are curiously bucket shaped with a sort of ridge around the back that makes it impossible to get comfortable. I've just had to leave the otherwise excellent The Children's Hour at half time because my back was in danger of turning into a roller coaster. I left my seat 50 minutes ago, and I'm still in pain. Glorious!
Still, for anyone who's shorter, they're ok seats. But still, charming or not, the balcony area really needs updating. It has one ladies' loo. One.
Matt Lucas plays a rather sad, bourgeios Kenneth Halliwell in 'Prick up your ears': bourgeois in the sense that the revolution has passed and all Kenneth has left are his literary memories and a desire for domesticity. Not that he gets what he wants from Joe Orton (Chris New), who deceives him in an attempt to give him what he wants. The result is a remarkable energy between the characters, some dark comedy and unexpected depth. A 'must-see' show, in my humble opinion.
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