Reviewed by Debbie Tasker
Set on the French Riviera, deceitful con man Lawrence Jameson preys on unattached ladies with more money than sense, he has the playing field to himself that is until the more youthful Freddy Benson arrives and seems to be as much of a scoundrel as Jameson and very good at it too. They decide to try and outwit each other and the loser has to leave town thus setting the stage for a hilarious laugh a minute show.
Robert Lindsay leads and is top notch as Jameson. He is so versatile, in one scene a charismatic prince (his Prince Charles accent is uncanny) to German Dr Shuffhausen (again brilliant accent) in the next. He is certainly an all-rounder showing his dancing and singing skills too throughout. Alex Gaumond’s protégé Benson bounces off Lindsay’s wit and perfect timing and gives a great performance as his partner in crime. The scenes involving the paralysed ex-serviceman are far from politically correct and you really shouldn’t laugh – but believe me you do! Katherine Kingsley stands out as Christine Colgate a Texan soap queen who gives the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels a run for their money. Her voice is amazing and she has mesmerizing stage presence. Bonnie Langford in the role of Muriel Banks is sensational as always and adds the romantic aspect along with Ben Fox Andre Thibault. A special mention has to go to Lizzy Connolly performing” Oklahoma?” as Jolene Oakes in the yee ha cowboy hoe down I felt this was a great scene. There quite a few catchy well wrote tunes in this production.
The art deco sets are gloriously designed by Peter McKintosh and give real feel and atmosphere of you being there with them. Costumes are glitzy and glamorous and true to era and choreographer Jerry Mitchell uses the stage and cast to perfection. A great band are the finishing touches to this joy to watch excellently scripted show.
Based on the 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin in my opinion it adapts well to stage. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a strong show and I enjoyed every minute. The finale left me on a high as it seemed by the faces around me it did everyone else.
An amazing musical comedy that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels comes to the Empire Theatre in Liverpool from 7-18 July 2015 (Robert Lindsay will not be starring). Tickets cost from £12.90 to £49.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee). For more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/liverpool or call the box office on 0844 8713017.
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JE | 0844 8713017