Apollo Theatre double bill at The Cellars at Eastney

As You Like It, with Jessica Hayles centre. Picture by Keith Pattison

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When I last saw New Apollo performing at the Cellars, fright was the order of the night, but this evening, they’re serving-up a buffet of titters, snickers and great big belly laughs with a comedy double bill.

We open with Her Big Chance, one of the best of Alan Bennett’s sublime Talking Heads.

Wendy Adams Evans does an admirable job of portraying the vacuous Lesley, a jobbing actress whose extra role in a Polanski movie becomes a calling card.

Aiming straight for the laughs without ever losing the narrative flow, Evans does a sterling job and if there are occasional, hints of Julie Walters, it’s understandable as the piece has her stamp all over it.

After a short break we return with Dinner For One, swapping the satire of Bennett for out and out slapstick.

Christopher Marlowe’s loyal Butler carrying out a yearly ritual for Miss Sophie as he dashes around raising toasts on behalf of her departed friends and become ever more imbibed in the process, causing everyone in attendance to roar with laughter.