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The Trials And Tribulations Of Mr Pickwick (Nigel Nevinson)

By | Published on Wednesday 21 August 2013

This polished solo show tells of the many tribulations and eventual trial of Mr Pickwick. Recounted from his cell in a debtors’ gaol, it’s a surprisingly light and humorous tale of how he got there. Mr Pickwick is a honourable elderly gentleman, comical and almost caricature-like in his naivety and good intentions. The accomplished Nigel Nevinson also plays all the other characters, with just a few extra props. An escalating series of misunderstandings and mishaps ends in a hilarious trial by jury. There are several very funny scenes, but the pace can sometimes be a little slow and the disasters predictable. However, the ending imparts an unexpected but important message about charity. This gently comic play is good old-fashioned entertainment.

Hill Street Theatre, until 25 Aug (not 13), 2.15pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Isobel Steer]