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Theatre Review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - King's Theatre, Glasgow ✭✭✭✭


It's "Bienvenue a Beaumont Sur Mer" this week at the King's Theatre where those Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are set for the start of a lucrative summer season. Based on the 1988 film of the same name and transformed into a musical in 2004, this sparkling 2014 reimagining directed by Jerry Mitchell comes direct from the West End. The production harks back to the golden era of musicals with an opulent set, colourful costumes and a superb ensemble cast.

Michael Praed oozes charisma as long-time con-artist Lawrence Jameson. He charms the audience and his marks creating a classy foil to Noel Sullivan's younger, brasher upstart Freddy Benson. The two have exceptional chemistry and the audience can feel the genuine fun factor as they gallivant around the stage.  All about Ruprecht is masterfully performed leaving the audience helpless with laughter.

Carley Stenson creates a brash, bold and sassy Christine Colgate that the men in the audience want to marry and the women want to be. She offsets the testosterone fuelled competition between Praed  and Sullivan's characters and lights up the stage. Sullivan and Stenson have excellent comedic timing with Love as my Legs a particular highlight. Mark Benton and Geraldine Fitzgerald are simply scene stealing as Jameson's right hand man Andre and recent mark Muriel. Their surprising love story captivates the audience.

These lying, cheating, dirty, rotten scoundrels leave the audience shouting for more with a twist in the tale that keeps those who haven't seen the film guessing until the final scenes. The whole production is drenched in fun so take a trip to Beaumont Sur Mer and join the scoundrels!


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is at the King's Theatre until Saturday 27th June. ALL remaining seats are available for £20 when you call the box office on 0844 871 7648 and quote CRIME. For more information visit www.atgtickets.com/Glasgow

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