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Set in 1930s Paris, Victor/Victoria is a charming romantic comedy which tells the story of penniless soprano Victoria Grant. When auditioning for the city s most decadent night club, she quickly realises it ll take more then a pure singing voice to become the toast of the town. Fortunately the flamboyant Toddy is at hand with an audacious plan to disguise her as ‘Victor , the male drag queen! But can they fool Paris and pull off the coup? Amongst the high camp comic frivolity and musical glamour of the show, Victor/Victoria offers some astute observations about gender perceptions, discrimination and the battle of the sexes.
5 November 2012
It's a shame that just as the Southwark Playhouse really begins to come into its own with a spate of great musicals (The Busybody, Mack and Mabel) and plays (Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, I Am A Camera), that it should be uprooted from its home in London Bridge and forced out to the wilds of Elephant and Castle.
It remains to be seen whether its audience will follow it out there, but it can at least be proud of having finished in style, with its final musical – staged with flair in the Vault – proving a strong contender for best yet.
Victor/Victoria is the tale of a lady soprano who becomes a female impersonator, finding huge success - and a complex love story - in the process. Confused? Don't be, this clean and clear production will explain all.
Anna Francolini is a strong actor and vocally pleasant, with a style reminiscent of Julie Andrews, but she doesn't entirely convince as Victor/Victoria. Her wig (by Jes...
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Ed - 5 November 2012:
Loved it but could not disagree more about Anna Francolini - she is perfect in voice and acting chops and carries the show, with fantastic support from Richard Dempsey and the entire cast....
Dafydd Gwyn Howells