Monday, 1 October 2012
Theatre review: A Chorus of Disapproval
A Chorus of Disapproval is a typically cosy-but-a-bit-barbed Ayckbourn comedy of middle class secrets, ambitions and disappointments. Much of the funniest material comes from the desperately slow rehearsals run by director Dafydd (Rob Brydon,) as one by one the cast members drop out and Guy, in a running joke, finds himself gradually promoted up the cast, from single line of dialogue to leading man. But there's just as much going on behind the scenes as Guy ends up having affairs with two married women - including Dafydd's wife Hannah.
As the big Ayckbourn fan, Vanessa was due to come to this with me, but she had a last-minute conflict. But my sister's happy to see anything Nigel Harman's in so was an enthusiastic replacement; as well as Harman himself (though she did say she wasn't crazy about his attempt at a Leeds accent; I thought it was perfectly all right if taken as the very gentle accent of someone who was born in the area but left some time ago) she was entertained by the play, and I heard her chuckle out loud a couple of times (not something she's that prone to do even if she really enjoys something.) She did also say she found the show a bit too long, but with the words "Trevor" and "Nunn" on the poster that was never really going to be avoidable.
A Chorus of Disapproval by Alan Ayckbourn is booking until the 5th of January at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including interval.