19 November 2016
Reviewed by Lucy Gwilliam
Yesterday evening I went to The Lowry theatre in Salford to see Griff Rhys Jones perform his one man show. Griff was famously the straight man as part of the double act Smith and Jones, and also for starring in ‘Not The Nine O’Clock News’, but now that his partner Mel Smith has passed away, Griff is touring on his own. Throughout the performance he referred to his late friend and partner with affection and it was obvious how much he misses his friend. However, he did state at one point that he thought more of his dog than his late partner! I always enjoy watching Griff’s Great Britain where he tours around the country so I intrigued to have the chance to watch him perform live on stage.
Griff told us lots of amusing anecdotes about his life, including a very funny story about the national press interviewing him and then twisting his words by claiming that he was planning to leave the country if Labour had been elected. He also showed us a video of the pilot of the last show which he performed with Mel and explained the story of how the BBC were reluctant to broadcast it. Both my husband and I were in stitches laughing. We found it hilarious and thought it a great pity that this show was not aired on TV
Griff came across as a very warm, intelligent and funny performer. Some comedians can be crude to get a laugh, but Griff didn’t need to talk dirty to be funny as he is such an articulate man. We had a fantastic evening. With a running time of approximately two hours, this show is the perfect way to spend a cold winter’s night.
Griff Rhys Jones is currently on tour around the UK.
For other shows at The Lowry visit www.thelowry.com.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000