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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Zenith Youth Theatre Company)

By | Published on Thursday 10 August 2023

Stephen Sondheim’s witty musical opened with the rousing chorus ‘A Comedy Tonight’; based on the ancient Roman slave comedies of Plautus, it promised, “Nothing that’s grim, nothing that’s Greek” and lived up to this and more. These young actors were well-rehearsed and committed to their show – it fizzed and sparked along, no gag was thrown away! The casting was done by someone who clearly knew their strengths; some doubled up on parts and even this was funny as hats were swapped on the run in view of the audience. Special mention to Pseudolus, the slave conniving farcically for his freedom and Marcus Lycus, keeper of the brothel next door but they were all good and as Sondheim says there’s “Something for everybawdy!”

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, until 12 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]