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Buckingham’s Finest (Who Dunnett Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 20 August 2013

At last, a drama about the Royal Family which doesn’t star Helen Mirren. Instead, Who Dunnnett create a wickedly satirical look at the characters behind the doors of Buckingham Palace in the late 90s. Here Prince Philip is a drunken xenophobe; Lizzie’s a chronic gin-a-holic; William and Harry are up to their dirty adolescent tricks and Charles is, well, Charles. Though perfectly accommodated in the finery of the Royal Scots’ Club, ‘Buckingham’s Finest’ failed to reach the crowning glories of comedy, thanks to a less than refined, rather silly and slapstick script and staging. This was coupled with a mix of overzealous or sometimes weary acting, which meant that the show, although fascinating in concept, ends up more ridiculous than regal.

The Royal Scots Club, until 10 Aug, 11.00am.
tw rating 2/5 | [Katharine Wootton]