I would have rated this very poor, but for the well-executed stage set and audio effects. Saw this last in Bradford (playing to a v. small house-about 60-80 people)and found it a complete bore - neither proper farce nor a comic play - and flashers/streakers as a comic plot haven't been funny (if they ever were)since the 1970s. A confused script, delivered with inadequate projection, slack direction, poor pacing, Ruth Madoc mugging for all she's worth to keep it all going...sorry folks, if you were thinking of going and you're a fan of the TV series..really, DON'T BOTHER! - Ken C.
29 Oct 09
I'll lay my cards on the table here as one of the few that think the TV version should have been laid to bed many seasons ago but saying that went along to opening night at Colchester with an open mind.
Alas it seems that this is more a desperate attempt to cash in on the brand than a vlaid theatrical event. A plot that tries to be both the gentle humour of the TV series married with a sub 'woops there go my trousers' farce doesnt sit comfortably.
The cast try their best with Ruth Madoc valantly trying to steal the show but in the end the material is as creaky as some of the long winded scene transitions.
Stay at home and watch the tv instead - Tim
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