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The Remains Of Tom Lehrer (Performed by Adam Kay) (Amateur Transplants presented by James Seabright)

By | Published on Sunday 20 August 2017

Tom Lehrer was my introduction to musical comedy and satire, so I went into this show with some trepidation. Working chronologically through Lehrer’s life and career, Adam Kay performs many of the better-known songs, though in an hour he can’t cover everyone’s favourites. He has updated some lyrics to be more relevant to 2017, and written his own version of a couple of songs, but the real treat for fans is the material Lehrer never recorded, including his application poem to Harvard and a version of ‘The Elements’ according to Aristotle. For newcomers this is a nice introduction to Lehrer, for others a rare chance to see his songs performed live, though I still prefer watching Lehrer himself on YouTube.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Richard Levinson]