Theatre Thought: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre
Earlier this week I was lucky enough to catch the hottest new show to arrive in the glittering West End, ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels‘. Having done some out of town tryouts in Manchester and er, Aylesbury, the Scoundrels have now landed in the Savoy Theatre, tucked away underneath the Strand.
Based on the cult comedy classic of the same name, starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, it’s an absolute romp all stationed in the French Riviera. Expect flirty french maids, the insatiable appetites of the rich and wealthy and sophistication all muddled in with a huge dollop of mischief.
I usually turn my nose up at celebrity casting but here, the names that take the lead roles were an absolute joy to watch. Rufus Hound bounds about the stage like a raspy American puppy on crack, Samantha Bond straddles the balance of being neurotic and flirtatious and Robert Lindsay is just sublime, dripping with suave and charm. Katherine Kingsley is also bloody brilliant, belting the tits out of ‘Here I Am’.
It’s a cracking show, proper old skool style musical theatre- big production numbers (beautifully choreographed by Jerry Mitchell), a very good script, glitzy costumes and a great story yet also feels very modern in it’s humour and style.
Ahead of their official opening night on April 2nd, here’s a cheeky video from their press day and launch to whet your whistle!
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels runs until the 29th November at the Savoy Theatre.
For more info and tickets, check the website here, or follow @ScoundrelsUK on twitter.
Tel: 0844 871 7627