REVIEW ROUND-UP: Is Rebel Wilson a worthy Adelaide in Guys & Dolls?

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On hearing the news that Rebel Wilson was joining the London cast of Guys and Dolls, many people were extremely happy. But this writer  a little bit dubious – could she pull the character off? Here’s a run-down of what critics have been saying. Wilson continues playing Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at the West End’s Phoenix Theatre until 21 August 2016.

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The Guardian: “Before she had delivered a single line, the crowd could not contain itself. Wilson spent the next two and a half hours proving she deserved the hysteria.”

Radio Times: “Her performance is a triumph of sassy physical comedy and impeccable timing.”

Evening Standard: “True, she could be funnier — some of her saucy moments have a strenuous coarseness — and she could be better integrated into the production, but she has certainly put her mark on the role.”

The Telegraph: “This certainly has star-attraction even if it’s not star-making stuff; novelty value, even if the intrinsic worth is not fully apparent. Fans will be happy.”

West End Wilma: “Rebel Wilson doesn’t try to imitate what Spiro did before, she goes back to scratch and makes the role her own, adding in comedy adlibs and dance moves.”

The Times: “This is Guys and Dolls as no one has seen it before, for you’ve never seen a doll quite like Rebel Wilson.”

Time Out: “Her take on ditzy, 14-years engaged cabaret dancer Miss Adelaide is more vulgar and more stylised than most.”

Musical Theatre Review: “Wilson has a starkly different reading of the character, removing the double from every entendre and bringing a raucous, anarchic edge to Miss Adelaide’s demeanour. And yet such moments are occasional, with a sweet and charming side of the character also coming through in waves that make Wilson’s portrayal feel uneven.”

Overall thoughts? I might just have to change my mind and go and see Rebel Wilson if I can. It seems as though her performance is going down well with audiences and critics alike. 

 

 

 

 

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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