Tuesday, 16 December 2014

REVIEW - The Fourth Wise Man, Unicorn Theatre


EVERYONE has heard of the Three Wise Men, but have you heard of Artaban, the fourth?
His story is brilliantly told in a new show, especially for younger audiences this Christmas at the Unicorn Theatre.
The Fourth Wise Man is about Artaban, the wisest of them all, who lives happily enough with his wife Samira, a potter.
They lead a modest but somewhat repetitive life and Artaban, who is a bit of a restless fellow, wonders if it's possible to be even happier than he is.
Is there more excitement to have he wonders.
So he sets about trying to find the "something new" that he is searching for, with his patient wife just giving him a knowing but loving smile and letting him get on with it.
His quest includes a delivery of a rowing boat and a bow and arrow, which he hilariously tries to master - and which had the younger members of the audience giggling like fury - but it is when he spots a beautiful new star in the sky that his adventure really begins.
It's the biggest and brightest star he has ever seen, and he is resolute in his belief that it will lead him to something special.
Set to a magical score of live music, it is a funny and heart-warming show that exudes a real warmth and which is beautifully and perfectly staged for the young audience it is aimed at.
Both Philip Arditti as Artaban and Rita Arya as his wife - and the camel - are a delight and make this show something really special.

The Fourth Wise Man is on at the Unicorn Theatre, Tooley Street until Sunday, January 4. Tickets cost £16 for adults and £10 for under 21s. Visit www.unicorntheatre.com or call the box office on 020 7645 0560.

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