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Baker And Thompson – Never Made It To The RSC

By | Published on Sunday 14 August 2011

As the arts stare down the barrel of the gun at further cuts, the Fringe is perhaps the best place to offer satire on the state of acting in the UK. Comic duo Baker and Thompson regale us with tales of their dreams and failures, notably to work for the RSC, packaged tightly together with little Shakespearean parodies. As the pair jump from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, offhand quips, one-liners and comebacks pepper the often sharp and wisecrack exchanges. Yet while the piece harbours some interesting potential, its lack of fluidity between gags becomes a little over familiar, and instead of building on some great material, they leave us with much ado about nothing.

Laughing Horse at The Three Sisters, 4 – 17 Aug (not 15), 5.00pm (6.00pm), free, fpp42.
tw rating 3/5