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The Three Lions (Jenny Topper and Rosie Bowen for PBJ Management With Pleasance)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

‘The Three Lions’ is the love child of ‘The Thick of it’ and ‘Fawlty Towers’, kidnapped by Baddiel and Skinner. This satirical look at what (possibly) derailed England’s attempt to host the 2018 football World Cup follows David Beckham, Prince William and David Cameron – the not-exactly-macho Lions leading England’s bid – as they meet in a Swiss hotel on the eve of the decision. All three are brilliantly parodied, with jokes that only occasionally feel predictable, while Cameron’s ditzy PA is wonderfully played by Alice Bailey-Johnson. But the show is stolen by Dugald Bruce-Lockhart’s Prime Minister, whose blue-blooded tirade on losing the bid is a horrific joy. Not quite a shoe-in for the cup, but semi-finalists at least.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug (not 13, 20), 4.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Sarah Richardson]