In the farce, a Paris-based English architect (Allam) attempts to juggle airline schedules to match his three air hostess fiancees’ work timetables, aided by his housekeeper (de la Tour) and naïve friend (Rylance). Boeing-Boeing, which originally opened in London in 1962, held the world record for the longest-running comedy in the West End, playing over 200 performances before transferring to Broadway.
Matthew Warchus directs this slightly revised version, based on Beverley Cross’ translation. The cast also features Daisy Beaumont, Tamzin Outhwaite and Michelle Gomez as Allam’s high-flying fiancées.
Overnight critics got caught up in the hilarity of the piece, which they found extremely well constructed, if a little dated. They praised Warchus’ direction, which they said enable the farce to take off, and were impressed by the performances of the strong cast, particularly highlighting the “inspired” Rylance for giving “the comic performance of a lifetime”.
- by Caroline Ansdell