THREE PRODUCTIONS SHARING THIS VENUE
THE DUCK HOUSE (comedy)
Ends 29th March 2014.
Labour MP Robert Houston is about to turn Conservative. Then the 2009 "Expenses
Scandal" breaks... suddenly his ideal life with wife Felicity, son Seb, Seb's
girlfriend Holly and Ludmilla the Russian housekeeper could fall apart.
A new comedy by Dan Patterson and Colin Swash, directed by Terry Johnson and
starring Ben Miller, Nancy Carroll, Debbie Chazen, James Musgrave, Simpon
Shepherd and Diana Vickers.
ERIC AND LITTLE ERN (comedy)
Ends 2nd March 2014.
NOT SUITABLE FOR THOSE AGED UNDER 12.
A tribute to the great Morcambe and Wise, featuring some of their famous
material... and a little of the performers' own...
Devised and performed by Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens.
POTTED PANTO (children's show)
Ends 5th January 2014.
Seven classic pantos in 90 minutes - the first ever "Fairy Godchicken" included!
Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner's inspired lunacy (with writing
contribution by Richard Hurst) returns for another season!
"The Duck House": Not available.
Reports, at best, are mixed. There's praise for Nancy Carroll and Debbie Chazen
in particular, for grace and comic timing respectively. It's the script that is
the problem. Not biting enough for satire, and too slow and loosly constructed
for farce. There's some good jokes, but the second half apparently isn't as
strong as the first, and the result is lighter and simpler than the potential
from the material suggests. Something for a thought-free evening out during the
holiday season, is the verdict.
"Eric and Little Ern": Not available. Reports are that this is a
warm, seasonally-appropriate event, where dying Ernie is visited in his hospital
bed by the ghost of Eric. They proceed to exchange some well-loved lines,
reminding us of the ice-cream quip, Previn's notes, and every moment of banter
in between. It's the capturing of mannerisms that impress professional reviewers
most, together with the affection displayed towards the famous duo by their
impersonators. If the biography elements seem a little too imposed on the
comedic flow, no matter. This is considered a heartfelt and joyous gentle
celebration that fans will not want to miss.
"Potted Panto": Not available.