In September 2012 audiences heading to the West End will be spoiled for plays, with the ongoing “The Mousetrap” at the St Martin’s Theatre competing with the likes of “Our Boys” and others. Meanwhile, over at the Harold Pinter Theatre a stellar cast has been assembled for a revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s famous play “A Chorus of Disapproval”, which should attract an eager crowd of London theatregoers for many reasons.
One, of course, is the script by Ayckbourn and the other is the director in Sir Trevor Nunn. But then there’s the cast, which includes comedian Rob Brydon, “Shrek The Musical” star Nigel Harman and Ashley Jensen.
This will be a particularly special production thanks to its cast, but it will take on new heights when audiences realise this will be their first chance to see the show in the capital in quarter of a century.
The plot focuses on the Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society and their attempts to bring “The Beggar’s Opera” to the stage. As things are falling apart, it might take the arrival of a new member (Harman) to prop things up. But he is attracting the attention of everyone, with the director Dafydd (Brydon) taking a shine to him and Dafydd’s wife Hannah (Jenson) as well. As with many productions that look at the process of bringing something to the stage, we soon realise that there is as much drama backstage as there is under the bright lights of the auditorium.
Rob Brydon is one of the country’s best known comedians and he is sure to be a big hit with those that have picked up box office theatre tickets. Though it is his West End theatre debut he has been seen onstage in the capital before as he brought his stand-up show to the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in 2009. But it is his television work for which he is best known, with credits like “Gavin & Stacey”, “Marion and Geoff”, “Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive” and “Would I Lie To You” (taking over from Angus Deayton).
“A Chorus of Disapproval” makes its way to the Harold Pinter Theatre for a run that begins on Thursday 27th September 2012 (with previews from Monday 17th September 2012) and continues to Saturday 5th January 2013.
|Booking From:||Monday, 17th September 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 5th January 2013|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7:30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 30 minutes|
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