Theatre Review: The Crown Dual, King’s Head Theatre
- Credit: Geraint Lewis
You’ll have a riotous Royal romp in a hilarous parody of Netflix series The Crown which manages to surpass the original
A riotous romp with royals in this electric parody of Netflix series The Crown somehow manages to surpass the original.
Irreverent, hilarious and childishly slapstick, the show provokes a grin that will make your mouth ache.
We’re introduced to down at heel actress Beth Buckingham (Rosie Holt) and her manager/windows salesman Stanley Diamond (Brendan Murphy) as they try unsuccessfully to wow industry professionals with their two-handed production of The Crown.
Following the life of Elizabeth II, with plummy accents aplenty and tonnes of tussles for royal power, their fabulous chemistry proves a sturdy basis from some very British humour.
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Details are the charm in comedy, and creating the crown jewels out of a garden light and a bottle of Chambord or viewing a sex scene through the eyes of a corgi, ramps up the laughs.
Murphy provides the heavy lifting, his multi-role versatility and split-second timing is only matched by his rather splendid ability to have the audience eating out of the palm of his hand.
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Many of us run to the hills at even the whiff of audience participation, but here the confident use of the poor punters in the front row offered a welcome change of rhythm.
Plain and simply a jolly good laugh for royalist and parliamentarian alike, it’s a match made in theatre heaven - even if you haven’t got a Netflix account or missed the original.
Poking fun at the British establishment isn’t new, but the contempoary references, razor sharp quips and aristocratic blunders are a joy from start to finish. Owen Lewis directs in snappy style and Robbie Butler supplies clever lighting in a ludicrously enjoyable play.