I’ve always heard that Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was one of the best new shows in London’s West End, but I’d never got the chance to see this production in either it’s London run or its first ever UK Tour.
When the chance finally arose to catch the show at Bristol’s Hippodrome, I was very pleased and it’s since become one of the funniest productions I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing.
Set in the sunny town of Beaumont-Sur-Mer and based on the popular 1988 MGM film starring Michael Cain and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels tells the tale of two conmen, the charming Lawrence and cheeky Freddy, as they compete to discover which of them the dirtiest, rotten scoundrel of them all.
Casting for this production worked extremely well as the cast simply bounced of each other in a way that left the audience in fits of giggles and tears of joy.
The partnership between Michael Praed (Lawrence) and Noel Sullivan (Freddy) was easy and completely believable throughout the whole evening. Their on stage differences made the partnership a perfect pairing to watch.
I have to mention the talent of Noel Sullivan, many people may judge the fact he came from the world of pop, but he has an incredible voice, and has become one of my favourite actors. He is definitely an actor worth keeping an eye on.
Gary Wilmot was also an absolute delight in every scene in which he appeared.
Choreography for this show was perfectly organised, and perfectly planned.
One of the things, which illuminate this, is the members of the ensemble.
Each and every cast member are fantastically talented and wonderful to watch.
The soundtrack to this production is catchy and enjoyable, and had me rushing to purchase the cast CD. Songs like Great Big Stuff, Like Zis, Like Zat and Dirty Rotten Number are fun, fabulous and will leave you grinning from ear to ear.
Love Sneaks In is a clever break from the comedy, and offers a chance for audiences to see the show in a more serious manner.
“What Was a Woman To Do” is also a slower number which works to showcase the voices of the ensemble ladies beautifully through their glamour and grace.
Over all I think this show is brilliantly witty, absolutely hilarious, and great fun.
I would advise anybody over the age of 18 to go and see this wonderful show if they get the chance.
By Chloe Fry