FEATURED SHOW: Privates On Parade at the Union Theatre, ★★★★ reviews are in!

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Have you booked yet for the 40th-anniversary revival of  PRIVATES ON PARADEPeter Nichols’ renowned British army farce with music by Denis King? Kirk Jameson’s production, with an award-nominated performance by Simon Green as cross-dressing Captain Terri Dennis, is now running at the Union Theatre until 17 December 2017. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review quotes – and a tweet from our co-founder, the mighty Mark Shenton, below

Set during the Malayan Emergency of the late 1940s, we follow the exploits of a song and dance unit during their tour of South East Asia as they provide light entertainment for the British Army. Private Steve Flowers is posted to join the small show, which is conceived by and very much starring the wonderfully flamboyant Captain Terri Dennis, whose cross-dressing antics are the talk of the barracks.

Drama Desk award winner Simon Green stars as Captain Terri Dennis, reuniting at the Union with director Kirk Jameson, who directed him in The World Goes ‘Round for the Union Theatre in 2014 at its original address. Green is joined in the PRIVATES ON PARADE cast by Sam Curry (as Private Steve Flowers), Callum Coates (Major Flack), Martha Pothen (Sylvia), Tom Pearce (Charles), Paul Sloss (Len), Matt Hayden (Eric), Matt Beveridge (Reg), Mikey Howe (Lee) and Tom Bowen (Kevin).

Also in the PRIVATES ON PARADE creative team: musical supervisor Nick Barstow, designer Mike Lees and assistant director Phil Croft. The production has been nominated for three Off-West End Awards: Best Male Performance for Simon Green, Best Female Performance in a Supporting Role for Martha Pothen and Best Costume Designer or Mike Lees.

PRIVATES ON PARADE runs at the Union Theatre, Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, London SE1 0LR until 17 December 2017, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £22.50 (concessions £20). CLICK HERE TO BUY.

Mates’ co-founders love Privates

Review highlights

Julian Eaves: “As it celebrates its 40th anniversary, this brilliantly confidant and assured play with music by writer Peter Nichols and composer Denis King has lost none of its relevance… Central to [the director’s] vision is the barmstorming performance of the alpha drama queen, Acting Captain Terri Dennis, a plum of a part swallowed whole by Simon Green.”
Neil Johnson: “It’s a total hoot!… The cast of nine hunky men (who are often topless, FYI) and one fabulous woman are delicious. The hilarity, and most of the heartfelt poignancy, is thanks to Simon Green’s wonderful portrayal of the cross-dressing Terri Dennis… All in all, a very tight ensemble beautifully directed by Kirk Jameson.
Chris Omaweng: “This production has scored a winner in Simon Green as Terri Dennis, a stereotypically larger than life character who is undeniably camp, and proud of it, and respected by the majority of fellow troops… A well-acted production, smoothly gliding between pleasure and poignancy with remarkable ease.”
JONATHAN BAZ > Mates - ★★★★
JONATHAN BAZ > Mates – ★★★★
“Very much a piece of its time, filled with wicked jokes and double-entendres every step of the way… Simon Green is superb as Captain Terri Dennis, the company’s leading ‘lady’. Green’s comic timing is spot on, along with his parodies of Dietrich and Lynn and his gin-swilling charm, irresistible… One of the finest night’s entertainment currently to be found on London’s fringe.”
Ian Foster: “Revelling in the club-like intimacy of this theatre, [Simon Green] nails the flirtatious nature and fierce integrity of a performer, of a man, seizing his hard-fought opportunity to be his authentic self…[Director] Kirk Jameson ensures there’s a wonderfully affectionate feel for the piece here which works wonders. Recommended.”
Julia Rank: “There are  eye-catching professional debuts from Martha Pothen as the only woman in the piece, the ‘Eurasian’ Sylvia who poignantly communicates the loneliness of being objectified and not belonging anywhere, and Matt Hayden as the endearingly earnest Eric Young-Love.”
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