My expectations were high, and they were met. Several of the “lesser attractions” of the show – the larger being its reputation as one of Oscar Wilde’s finest, and a starring role for Penelope Keith – proved to be real successes. Particularly Daisy Haggard‘s spoilt-yet-sweet portrayal of Gwendolyn Fairfax, which entertained, heart-warmed, and charmed. Combined with spot-on delivery of Wilde’s excellent wordplay, it was exactly my sort of comedy.
Perhaps no surprise, then, that the show – particularly the exchanges between Algie and Jack – reminded me a lot of my favourite comedy show, A Bit of Fry and Laurie. No surprise, perhaps, as the pair have made Wilde’s influence quite clear. In fact, I could have seen Hugh playing the part of Algernon. It was witty and urbane, and I’m sure fitting for a Soupy Twist.
(I’m no good at theatre reviews. But it was awesome and you should see it! Take advantage of the offer lastminute.com have on – see the link in the sidebar.)