My husband and I have had the good fortune to be occasionally visitors to London. Our current visit was tacked on to a visit to Cambridge where my husband attended a meeting. The last time we were in London, the Olympics were about to take place.
Since then I have been impressed to learn that: “London has welcomed over 16 million international visitors in one year for the first time in history, making it one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world.” I also discovered that a great way to find out about what to see and do in London is to check: Visitlondon.com
One of the joys of our visits to London over the years has been the opportunity to see a London performance, usually a play or musical. We noticed on this visit that some of the plays that were offered two years ago are still available but in choosing our two plays in two days, we decided to see something new. We chose to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels the Musical It dates to 2004 with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane; it is based on the 1988 film of the same name. We loved the movie and so did Yasbek and Lane. Reworked and adapted from the New York version that played on Broadway in 2005 running for 626 performances, this new production works well for a London audience and definitely for tourists. The fact that it is playing at the Savoy is an added attraction.
The Savoy Theatre is extremely modern, rebuilt after a devastating 1990 fire; it is adjacent to the famous Savoy Hotel. Its metallic auditorium is impressive. Historically, this was the most beautifully fitted theatre in Europe when it opened its doors on October 10th, 1881. It is a wonderful venue for this production, which is elaborate and spectacular.
This is the story of big-time con-man, Lawrence Jameson, who finds his long-established action in the swanky French coastal town of Beaumont sur Mer threatened by newly-arrived small-time con-man Freddie Benson. They join forces, continuing to share their practice of fleecing wealthy society ladies by spinning them hard-luck tales. There are some additional characters threaded into the story along the way. This tale was the basis for a very funny movie but it takes on more intensity and scope as a musical and especially in this production.
On the evening we attended the audience delighted in the slapstick, vaudevillian, somewhat bawdy aspects of this performance. This show opened on April 2, 2014. The show is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, with design by Peter McKintosh. The cast includes Robert Lindsay as Lawrence, Rufus Hound as Freddy, Katherine Kingsley as Christine (who was outstanding) and Samantha Bond as Muriel.The show is scheduled to play until at least March 7, 2015.
It was a terrific performance with spectacular staging, lighting, and costumes. The singing and dancing were terrific and the lyrics and music were very original and charming. What more could any tourist want? This is a great chance for both visitors and locals to escape worldly woes have a good laugh and just enjoy.