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When in Rome...

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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theSpaces @ Surgeons Hall
6-28 August

This show was utterly ridiculous from start to finish – and I loved it. Combining the Backstreet Boys, a camp Augustus and references to the Cambridge Latin Course, When In Rome is like the best school play ever. I do mean this as a compliment, although I’m not sure this show will please everyone.

Set in Rome (naturally), young Quintus (Jonathan Cordin) must find an honourable wife. Instead he falls for the beautiful slave girl Melissa (Lucie Shorthouse) and naturally, hilarity ensues. Although the ending isn’t the one the characters or the audience hope for, Rob Thorman’s production is so much fun that I hardly care. With outstanding choreography by Jennie May Dunne and a hysterical double act by slaves Grumio and Clemens (Tom England and Tom Pye), this is a triumphant romp from start to finish. If you’re looking for a bit of silliness, this brilliantly ludicrous show should hit the spot.

- Miranda Fay Thomas


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