Gala Theatre, Durham
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham is a two hour romp through 1400 years of history telling the story of The Lindisfarne Gospels.
With just three talented actors (Chris Connel, Robert Hudson and Viktoria Kay) telling us the history of Cuthbert's book we given puns, witticisms and belly laughs on this historical and hysterical tale.
If you like your history to be of the Monty Python and Horrible Histories variety then this was a show for you. We learn how the Vikings wanted to build an Ikea on Lindisfarne and gave us their version of YMCA.
How the Strolling Bones (Rolling Stones) led by Mick and Keith found themselves eventually in Durham and how the Gospel was "Too Sexy" for its cover. And we all know the Gospel is the weight of an adult badger.
With starring roles for Henry VIII, Sherlock Holmes and Watson and the Gospel itself the play is daft, educational, irreverent and totally worth a visit to see. If you're in the North East pop along to a show and you may learn something if you can stop laughing long enough.
- Lindsay Sykes