Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Theatre review: Daddy Long Legs
With the 30-something Mr Smith being much younger than the elderly "Daddy" Jerusha has imagined, it's not hard to see where the story will go, and indeed soon the millionaire is falling for the orphan he sponsors, and arranges to get to know her without revealing his connection to her. This predictability is just one of the issues I had with a pretty bland show that you could leave 20 minutes in with a pretty accurate idea of everything that happens in the remaining two hours.
Daddy Long Legs by Paul Gordon and John Caird, based on the book by Jean Webster, is booking until the 8th of December at the St James Theatre.
Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes including interval.
1The other main marketing boast has been of the production receiving standing ovations on its tour of America prior to London. Which is all fine unless you know that standing ovations are as automatic a piece of theatre etiquette in the US as regular ovations are here. They might as well brag that nobody threw rotten eggs at the stage.