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Review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
DIRTY Rotten Scoundrels is light, bright and full of fun with an excellent cast to boot.
The musical is coming to Aylesbury next week before it heads off to the bright lights of the West End and is currently playing in Manchester.
Starring Robert Lindsay (My Family) and Rufus Hound (One Man Two Guvnors) it is a glorious night of entertainment and silliness- the perfect escape to the miserable weather outside.
Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound make a great comedy duo as the two conmen Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson. The roles seemed almost made for them with the flair and sophistication of Lindsay and the damn right silliness and enthusiasm of Hound.
The story follows the arrival of the brash American Freddy in the town of Beaumont Sur Mer, where Lawrence has been making a very healthy living charming and conning women out some of their large fortunes.
Lawrence takes Freddy under his wing to train him in the art of manipulation, but soon they are at loggerheads and have challenged each other to win the fortune of Christine Colgate, played by West End star, Katherine Kingsley.
Kingsley is a star with an amazing singing voice and a stage presence many actors would die for.
As a side line to the main story the audience sees Lawrence's right hand man, Andre Thibault, played by John Marquez (Doc Martin) fall for the beautiful and wealthy Muriel Eubanks, played by Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey).
Bond was spellbinding as Muriel- not only did she look stunning in the amazing dresses but she was also a brilliant actress.
Marquez was also funny and dashing as the French sidekick to Lawrence.
All the actors had brilliant comic timing. There was a great sense of silliness to it with daft jokes thrown in, and sometimes it seemed slightly reminiscent to me of the Monty Python type of humour- at one point the gate Bond was leading on started to descend into the floor which was focused on in the song she was singing.
There was a great scene with Lizzy Connolly who played the wealthy and pushy Jolene Oakes- where Lawrence tried to get rid of her affections with the help of Freddy who pretended to be his unstable brother, Ruprecht.
The script (Jeffrey Lane) didn't take itself too seriously either, and kept referring to itself as a play.
The set (Peter McKintosh) was stunningly designed with beautiful, bright colours and an art deco style.
The songs (David Yazbek) were extremely catchy, backed up by a fantastic orchestra. Some of my favourites had to be a funny duo between Bond and Marquez called Like Zis/ Like Zat and the brash and loud Great Big Stuff.
The ensemble were also mesmerising- their dancing (directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell) was just a sight to behold and added much to the strength of the production.
I had a smile on my face most of the way through the show- it's colourful and light- and with the amazing talent of the cast it makes for a very enjoyable evening of theatre. I would happily watch this again and again.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will be at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from February 26 to March 1 at 7.30pm with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets range from £20.50 to £50.50 from 0844 8717607 or go to www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury