Go for the first half and then leave at the interval. The first half is a nice gentle comedy about a murder trial going wrong with a neat twist ending whilst the second half is a meandering waste of time with a twist that I'd managed to work out within 10 minutes. - QuincyMD
08 Mar 08
Dull and verbose - not so much the fault of the actors as a script in need of a severe edit. Shame as combination of John Mortimer and Edward Fox had seemed promising.
Theatre half full and much fidgeting - Fiona
07 Mar 08
I swore I'd give Edward Fox a wide berth after his acting had become SO mannered it almost defied description! But John Mortimer's name and the two fine actors, Polly Adams and Nicoholas Woodeson were enough to dispell my disquiet and draw me in to see this production. Well I was wrong. What Mr Fox does to the English language is tantamount to torture. Every vowel is so mangled it is barely recognisable which meant that many of his lines engendered a "what did he say" from members of the audience with less than perfect hearing. He has become a characature of himself! Polly Adams and Nicholas Woodeson by contrast gave their characters wit and charm, all they needed was someone to play against who wasn't trying to do a one man show. Listening to Mr Fox I cried out for the late Robin Bailey who could deliver his own brand of delightful verbal dexterity with such perfect clarity. Alas, Mr Fox is no Mr Bailey and so these too seemingly overlong plays began to grate. Maybe they could have been shorter if Mr Fox hadn't taken so long teasing out each of his lines? It is all a great pity because much of Mr Mortimer's subtle humour got submerged by his delivery. - rds
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