This week I was lucky enough to see one of 2014’s biggest West End newbies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. As soon as I heard that this screen to stage adaptation was heading to the bright lights of London, I knew I had to get myself a ticket.
Already looking forward to the show, I was delighted to discover that two of my favourite on-screen personalities were heading up the cast – Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound. I’ve always been a fan of Lindsay from his days in fam-com, My Family and Rufus Hound’s recent rise to fame has seen him appear in most of my favourite TV shows.
So, off I went down to the capital to spend a night at the 3* Brunel Hotel with dress circle tickets to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. For anyone interested, the hotel is located in the Paddington/Bayswater area of London with easy tube links to the West End, perfect for a budget theatre break!
Another massive plus point of this show is that it’s playing in The Savoy Theatre, one of the most incredible buildings in the city. I waited in anticipation for the show to begin, a bright French Riviera-esque backdrop setting the scene…and off we went. The story follows two con-men – the suave and experienced Lawrence (Lindsay) the other Freddy (Hound), a naïve and unrefined beginner.
The two aim to pull off their biggest heist at the expense of one Mrs Christine Colgate, played by the incredibly talented actress and vocalist Katherine Kingsley. Filled with witty humour, classic 40s jukebox tracks and some incredible singing, this show really does the film justice and lives up to its Broadway predecessor’s reputation.
Robert Lindsay quite frankly stole the show as I expected. Not a ‘singer’ per-se, his charming and confident performance was everything the role required, aided by the dry and deadpan style of Samantha Bond, natural cheek of Rufus Hound and what I must say was some of the best lighting/costume/stage design I’ve seen in a show to date.
If you’ve done the jazz hands musicals like Wicked, the ever-lasting classics like Phantom, the sing-along favourites like We Will Rock You, then book tickets to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – it really is worth the hype.