This show about 2 conmen has been causing a buzz in the West End since it opened a few weeks back. Mainly due to its stars Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound.
They are clearly having a ball on stage, but this is no self indulgent show, rather with a nod to audience early on they welcome us into their world.
The cast give us 100 percent and attack all the big numbers with flare. Katherine Kingsley ratchets up the end of Act 1 with her stunning vocal performance as Christine Colgate.
It has many laugh out loud moments. Spolied only by the uneccesary crude and vulgar humour inserted along the way (Act 2 especially goes for cheap laughs too often I felt). The quite literal slapstick routine in Act 2 is one of the comedy highlights for me we all winced as Rufus Hound is repeatedly hit.
Robert Lindsay is laid back and guides the show effortlessly. Rufus Hound is a wonderful foil and the byplay between them is perfect. It’ll be interesting to see if the show has much of a life without them.
One of the stars of the show is Peter Mckintosh’s splendid set, that adds a whole extra dimension to the piece.
I saw this on a Wednesday night and it was a perfect mid-week pick-me-up.
STARS : ★ ★ ★ ★
Thanks to http://www.laughingbuddhauk.com/ for the tickets!