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.