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Up Pompeii – Shaw Theatre, London

Writer: Miles Tredinnick Director: Barnaby Eaton-Jones Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The original television version of Up Pompeii, which after a 1969 Comedy Playhouse pilot consisted of just 13 episodes in 1970, has lasted in the British comedy psyche to this day. It s enduring appeal is down almost entirely to Frankie Howerd’s performance of Lurcio, the idle slave around whom all ...

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David Benson’s Cato Street 1820 – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: David Benson Reviewer: Gareth Davies From Kenneth Williams and Frankie Howerd to Boris Johnson and most of the cast of Dad’s Army, David Benson has played some of the UK’s greatest clowns over more than two decades of Edinburgh Fringe productions. But he has proven he can take a more serious look at the world too, and this hour-long ...

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Brexit – Kings Head Theatre, London

Writer: Robert Khan, Tom Salinsky Director: Tom Salinsky Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Smartly written and perceptive at times, the jokes and political giggles come fast with Brexit but unlike its real-world counterpart, it’s not likely to make a lasting impact. Some three years after the UK voted to leave the EU the Tory party has just elected a new Prime Minister ...

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Dad’s Army Radio Show- The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles after Jimmy Perry and David Croft Director: Owen Lewis Reviewer: Dave Cunningham When Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles adapted Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s TV show Dad’s Army for BBC radio they shifted the emphasis from visual to verbal and descriptive humour. Their version of the classic scripts is, therefore, perfect for a theatrical presentation ...

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Dad’s Army Radio Hour – Live at Zedel, London

Writers: David Croft and Jimmy Perry Director: Owen Lewis Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The writing partnership of David Croft and Jimmy Perry created some of the finest and best loved British sitcoms of the last 50 years. Each show brought together a collection of hapless characters who get themselves into weekly farcical scrapes that across their output somehow united the opposing ...

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Boris: World King – Pleasance Queen Dome, Edinburgh

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Writer: Tom Crawshaw Director: Yaz Al-Shaater Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Oh, what a fertile field of material there is to plough for a show about the man we’ve come to know as BoJo. From his juvenile declaration that he intended to become ‘world king’ through the quite frankly unbelievable rise to become Foreign Secretary, we are presented with the Herculean twelve ...

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Think No Evil of Us: My Life with Kenneth Williams – St George’s Hall, Liverpool

David Benson as Kenneth Williams

Writer and Performer: David Benson Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin The driving force of this one-man show is the superb skill of David Benson’s mimicry.Recreating the snorting laugh and haughty tones of camp comic Kenneth Williams is guaranteed to bring an outbreak of giggles from an audience generously made up of people from the bus-pass fraternity, and Benson’s ability to ape others ...

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Boris: World King – Trafalgar Studios, London

Boris: World King

Writer: Tom Crawshaw Director: Yaz Al-Shaater Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz   Is there something about the performative world of modern politics that lends itself to a gameshow? Last summer, Matt Telford took his acclaimed Margaret Thatcher, Queen of Soho to Latitude Festival as On Yer Bike! Margaret Thatcher, Game Show Host, creating a piece of reality TV presented by Britain’s first ...

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