The corpse is the talking point and to some extent the star. Certainly, Anah Ruddin, hopping out of the coffin spry as a fox for the curtain call.
Anniversary revival of Joe Orton’s black farce about money and death is a delight from start to finish.
What the production does do extremely well is highlight the comic values of the script, with many lines being delivered with perfect comic timing by a very capable cast.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Joe Orton’s darkly comic masterpiece Loot, the Park Theatre’s forthcoming production of the play has announced initial casting news, with Calvin Demba, Sam Frenchum and Sinéad Matthews joining the company.
Ian McKellen and Ian McDiarmid headline Park Theatre’s new winter 2017 season, which also features a never-before-seen play by Kevin Elyot and revivals of Daisy Pulls It Off and Joe Orton’s Loot.
There’s a madcap edge to David Spicer’s new comedy that spoofs so much of modern England.
Stephen Boxer is Gerry Duffy, a middle aged frog farmer who’s been supplying amphibians for dissection in schools for years, but who recently has become the target of animal-liberation activists.
Raising Martha is a production that has been hit by various casting changes, firstly Morgana Robinson was replaced by Game of Throne’s Gwyneth Keyworth and in a less high profile change Jasper Britton was replaced by Stephen Boxer. The production hasn’t suffered for it.
Here’s a tonic for this flat, glum season! Divinely tasteless, bracingly cynical, hootingly funny and directed with pacy intelligence. David Spicer has written what should be a breakthrough play, in a gorgeously black-hearted Ortonesque spirit. Michael Fentiman’s cast could not be better.
It has been announced that a new production of Dick King-Smith’s Babe the Sheep-Pig will head off on a UK tour, after a Christmas season at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon from 25 November 2016.
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