Timon of Athens but for the role of Terri Dennis, who could so easily be a stereotype of the ageing mid-20th century queen (all Polari, double entendres and feminising the men's names,) he really pulls out all the stops. He's full of enthusiasm in the musical numbers, whether as Terri himself, as a Noël Coward pastiche (appropriately enough in the theatre that bears his name) or in one of his many drag alter egos of Marlene Dietrich, Vera Lynn or Carmen Miranda. But he's also full of heart in Terri's self-proclaimed role as "auntie" to the younger soldiers, and fiercely protective of the one female troupe member, half-Indian, half-Welsh Sylvia (Sophiya Haque, very good.)
Privates on Parade by Peter Nichols and Denis King is booking until the 2nd of March at the Noël Coward Theatre.
Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes including interval.