Adapted for the stage by the late Ken Hall in 1991, the world premiere production was staged at the Theatre Royal Stratford East with magician Paul Kieve creating the show's illusions. Kieve has since gone on to work on the West End productions of The Lord of the Rings and The Witches of Eastwick, as well as consulting to performers such as Derren Brown. He certainly managed to mystify theatregoers at last night's performance, commenting when he joined us on stage for the Q&A that one of the greatest challenges was how close the audience were to the stage.
The star-studded cast include triple Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman, John Gordon Sinclair,Gary Wilmot, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps star Natalie Casey, Teddy Kempner, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Jo Stone-Fewings, Christopher Godwin and Michael Beckley, each of whom seemed to have a riotous time, often playing multiple characters and fighting with themselves.
As well as discussing the differences between the show's premiere production - which transferred from Stratford into the West End - and its Menier reincarnation, the cast also spoke at length about the camaraderie which existed between the ensemble members. The banter-filled Q&A session also made it quite clear.
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