I simply cannot find the words to adequately describe how awful this play is - well I suppose I could use some of the many gratuitous profanities that are spewed from the outset of this debacle. The storyline is extremely poor, the comedy non-existent and by the end of the play I really didn't care what happened to any of the characters, nor how or why. The top priced tickets were purchased as a gift when first on sale months ago, thinking it was bound to be a hit with a cast such as this. How wrong I was. I fail to see how any of the cast could have been drawn to such a diabolical play , with almost every sentence containing the F-word, the C-word and in most cases a combination of both. I am by no means a prude but I am immensely disappointed that actors of such calibre and whom I admire would possibly want to be associated with this rubbish. A HUGE disappointment. 1 star awarded as this review would not submit with NO stars!! Barking in Essex? More like barking mad if you go and see this!!
Opened 6 Sep 2013
Oh my... I'm having a bad week... Having seen the preview of Much Ado About Nothing last night where the cast were struggling to remember the lines, sadly in this preview of Barking in Essex, the cast could remember every line. I really don't know how this play made it onto the West End stage. The cast gamely battle on but when your only humour is coming from Lee Evans' facial manoeuvres and Sheila Hancock (bless her) repeating dropping the c bomb, you know you're in deep theatrical trouble. A shocker.
I think the Barking refers to "barking mad" - that's for the writer, producers and director! It's a failed farce which loses the plot towards the end of act I and completely loses it in the dire second act. How on earth it got as far as to be staged in the West End beggars belief. Sheila Hancock, god bless her, soldiers on regardless under an avalanche of profanities - although I have to admit hearing Ms Hancock say cunt a few times does have its comedic side, but after a while it all becomes terribly predictable and tedious. Lee Evans seems almost restrained and only really gets a reaction from the audience when he does his stock Norman Wisdom routine and for which most of the audience, I suspect, were there for. The one star is for the set in Act I, I would have given more, but that might mislead into thinking the play deserved more. Barking Mad In Charing Cross Road!