Arguably the modern musical has evolved into something it was never meant to be.
A far cry from a ‘rock opera’ or, indeed, any sort of opera is the joyous throwback to an earlier age, A Damsel In Distress, at Chichester.
A Wodehouse plot with Gershwin songs? Sublime
A wise old punter in the audience accurately described it as ‘delicious silliness’ and I’m more than happy to purloin that phrase in praise of this piece.
A Wodehouse plot with Gershwin songs? Sublime.
The entire principal cast is superb with particularly great work from Richard Dempsey and Melle Stewart – but the ensemble and supporting-work is likewise excellent.
David Roberts and Chloë Hart as Pierre the cook and Dorcas the undercook are a joy and Sam Harrison’s Bungo Strathbungo is a masterpiece of over-the-top comic creation.
Rob Ashford, director and choreographer, draws excellent work from everyone.
And special mention to Christopher Oram’s wonderful design. The multi-purpose revolving set is great and the visual gag at the end of Act One nearly steals the show. Until June 27.