Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Theatre review: THE HORROR! THE HORROR!
Terror 2012, the other major Halloween special I've seen this year, it's a relief to see that not everyone's forgotten how to do a spooky show. The main emphasis is still on comedy: As we go through various warren-like rooms upstairs, we see a variety of acts in different stages of completion. Some double entendre-laden songs from Alicia Bennett and Kate Quinn; the rehearsal of a new trick by an old-school magician (Tim Barton) and his hapless assistants (Fiona Rene and James Utechin) and the comic tensions between them; and some jokes and songs from a comedian (Jonathan Kemp) whose former partner has gone solo to great success. But every story comes with a nasty little sting in the tail, and as we move from room to room we hear dire warnings that staying for the trumpeted big finale might be bad for the audience's health.
THE HORROR! THE HORROR! by Stewart Pringle, Tom Richards and Jeffrey Mayhew is booking until the 7th of November at Wilton's Music Hall (returns only.)
Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes straight through (plus a prologue in the bar, about ten minutes before curtain-up.)