July 4, 2022


the blog news

Break A Leg evaluation: Gyles Brandreth's one-man present revels in nostalgia and it's hysterical

However he received me over inside 5 minutes of strolling on-stage. Like a British Roddy McDowell, he is aware of everybody on this planet. His one-man present permits him to drop names with shameless abandon, adopted by an outrageous anecdote that he swears is true.

His solely props are a desk with an quaint radio, a water bottle and the cranium from his first Hamlet manufacturing.

He does a satisfactory Sir Noel Coward impersonation, revels within the nostalgia of early tv programmes, recounts tales of drunk actors, naughty actors and ageing actors.

He totters throughout the stage as a ninety-year-old Dame Sybil Thorndike, referring to her as “Dame Edith” halfway by means of the story earlier than correcting himself.

His description of Ann Widdecombe as a cross between Danny DeVito and Dame Margaret Rutherford had me in stitches, his duet with June Whitfield’s recorded voice had me in tears.

I’m now satisfied that Brandreth is a cross between Peter Ustinov and Barry Humphries.

Resistance is futile.

Leicester Sq. Theatre (UK tour till July 3) Tickets right here.

See also  The tip for traditional poets as GCSE syllabus 'goes woke'