What The Dickens? review

PUBLISHED: 21:00 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 21:00 10 April 2013

What the Dickens

What the Dickens


COMEDIAN and author Johnny Tait guest reviews What The Dickens? which played at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City.

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THE Gonzo Moose Theatre company came along to the Hawthorne Theatre with a cast of just three – Mark Conway, Emily Murphy and Chris Porter.

Playing more than 20 roles, they put on a most splendid production of their own, entitled What the Dickens?.

A young rookie reporter on The Morning Chronicle thinks that he has stumbled upon a scoop, and his investigation takes him to various locations around good old London town.

Hence the utilisation of the best mobile set I have ever seen, that in a second transforms to many different locations – the office of a newspaper, an undertakers, a graveyard, a lunatic asylum, a public house and the top of St Paul’s Cathedral plus more.

On his travels young master Dickens comes across many unsavoury characters, none less than a one-eyed, one-eared, one-armed grave robber.

For me, the scene in the inn was definitely the icing on the cake of this delightful romp that kept the audience amused for the whole of the 95-minute production.

The Hawthorne Theatre, at Campus West, WGC, has some excellent live productions lined up for the end of April.

Four Farces plays on Thursday, April 25 and George Orwell’s classic 1984 comes to WGC on Saturday, April 27.

And there’s the welcome return of The Vienna Ballet Company on Sunday, April 28 with Coppelia.

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