REVIEW: ‘Riotous’ ★★★★ Benidorm Live, New Wimbledon Theatre

People just love familiar things. A musical with well-known hits and a stage show adapted from a beloved film are always easier to fill with adoring punters.

And with the new live version of Benidorm, the producers are ticking all of those familiar boxes. Fans of the comedy television show are treated to some of their favourite characters played by original cast members in this riotous two-hour stage adaptation and even if you’re not familiar with the premise, you won’t be able to stop a smile creeping across your face at some of the hilarity.

Yes, it’s cheesy and lots of the innuendo is unsophisticated and obvious, but it is played with such panache by this all-star cast that you can’t help but be entertained.

Sherrie Hewson shows real class as Joyce, while Adam Gillen and Tony Maudsley make a fabulous double act as Liam and Kenneth and Shelley Longworth and Jake Canuso provide great support. But it’s Janine Duvitski who really steals the show, with simply stunning comic delivery that will have you roaring with laughter.

Benidorm Live is running at the New Wimbledon Theatre until Saturday 15 March

 

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