Mad and bizarrely brilliant, this musical based on the classic 1974 film is a great way to cure the blues. If there is a more madly brilliant show than Young Frankenstein in the West End then I have yet to see it.
It’s alive…barely. Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein staggers into the West End after some more time on the operating table since its 2007 Broadway opening. But for a piece of new musical theatre, it is so desperately old-fashioned that you half expect Russ Abbot and Bella Emberg to pop up and do a turn.
I don’t suppose many of us have ever lived in a lighthouse. These sturdy structures, perched on cliff edges or clinging to rocky outcrops figure strongly in the imagination as places of isolation, mystery and danger. So, we feel for young Christopher as he clutches his small suitcase and meets his Aunt Lily, sensitively played by Dianne Pilkington.