Thursday, 22 October 2015

REVIEW - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, New Wimbledon Theatre


THE weather may have lost its summer sparkle so if you are looking for a pick me up I suggest a trip to the New Wimbledon Theatre.
The theatre is staging a production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and it is a joy from start to finish.
The story is set in the French Riviera in fictional town, Beaumont Sur Mer. It is here that high class conman Lawrence Jameson fleeces wealthy women who holiday there.
However things get complicated when a rival con man, the American Freddy Benson, arrives in the Riviera and decides he wants a piece of the action too.
Initially Lawrence wants to send him packing but intrigue and curiosity gets the better of him and they begin to compete with one another.
The stakes are raised further when a millionaire heiress comes to town and the pair make a bet to see who can swindle her first.
But things are not as they seem and hilarity ensues.
It is a stunning production with a top notch cast who look as though they are having a ball.
Michael Praed is perfectly cast as the ultra smooth and suave Lawrence and Noel Sullivan as the chancer Freddy Benson - the scenes in which he pretends to be confined to a wheelchair are hilarious.
Elsewhere Carley Stenson is fabulous as Christine Colgate, the woman they try and deceive and Gary Wilmot has a real twinkle in his eye as the corrupt chief of police, Andre Thibault.
With stunning sets and sumptuous costumes this is a production to savour - catch it while you can.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is on at the New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, until Saturday, October 10. Visit or call the box office on 0844 871 7646.

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