The Fitzrovia Radio Hour - Theatre Review

Three radio plays are performed with all the gusto of the British bulldog in THE FITZROVIA RADIO HOUR at the Trafalgar Studios in Whitehall.

THE spirit of the 1940s is brought to the stage in rip roaring form with The Fitzrovia Radio Hour. If clipped English accents, sock suspenders and tobacco pipes are your thing then you cannot fail to be impressed by this sterling show.

Plucked from the wilds of fringe theatre and in their first West End debut, this dashing troupe act out three radio plays with all the gusto of the British bulldog.

Using tin cans, film reels and even cornflakes and watermelons to create spot on sound effects, the actors, decked out in all their pre-war finery – who said you can’t dress up for radio? – flit between props with immense comic timing.

And in just 75 minutes of airtime you’re introduced to the terrors of the Undead Queen of Evil, the brave explorer Roger Cormorant and his race against the Nazis to find ancient treasure and the northern graft of suicidal lathe-worker Frank.

Watch out for hilarious recreations of a crying baby, a crowing cockerel and a vegetable fist fight.

So if the modern day riff raff is bringing you to the brink of despair, I can wholeheartedly suggest a dip into this world of sartorial and linguistic decadence for an evening of irreverent fun. Truly spiffing.

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* Showing at Trafalgar Studios 2, Whitehall, SW1 until Saturday, February 5.