Thursday, February 15, 2007

London's Boeing-Boeing Flies Into Opening Night

London's Boeing-Boeing Flies Into Opening Night

If ever there was a reason I'd love to hop on a plane to London on a lark, it would be to catch Frances de la Tour in another stage performance. The award-winning actress returns to the West End in a revival of Boeing-Boeing opening tonight at London's Comedy Theatre.

Directed by Matthew Warchus, this 1961 farce from Marc Camoletti and Beverley Cross (late husband of Dame Maggie Smith) ranked as London's longest running comedy of its day (although it bombed when it hit Broadway in 1965 as it only mustered 23 regular performances).

De la Tour will be joined in the cast by Mark Rylance (one of the best Shakespearean actors I've ever seen), Roger Alam, Daisy Beaumont, Michelle Gomez and Tamzin Outhwaite.

Will reviews make this Boeing-Boeing soar or crash and burn? I'll provide a recap in a critics' capsule over the next few days.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.

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At 17 February, 2007, Anonymous Andrew Orange said...

We thought this was going to be excruciatingly bad. Quite how they transformed this piece of sexist sixties drivel into a theatrical tour de force remains something of a mystery, but they did. Very, very funny.

At 17 February, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

I certainly wish this comedy would be playing a smidge longer. I'd love to see de la Tour and Rylance again, especially in something so delicious.

At 22 February, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cast have been retained through July.


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