In the right hands (and voices) opera’s classics can work spectacularly on the Fringe, but all too often in Carmen 1808 one is left with the distinct feeling that Phil Willmott has done to Bizet’s melodies what Napoleon’s riflemen did to the helpless Spanish.
“This is not a musical. This is not a concert. This is not a panto, or a play, or anything I can compare it to,” so proclaims Tom Fletcher in the show notes. And he is quite right. While The Christmasaurus Live On Stage has components of all of these, it is – much like the titular only dinosaur in the world – truly unique.