See it if you like physical comedy.
Don't see it if you saw the Angela Lansbury version at Gielgud some years back and liked her take on it. Read more
See it if you're a fan of classic British humour, Noel Coward or, indeed, Jennifer Saunders.
Don't see it if you're expecting a play re-staged for the 21st century. It remains very true to its roots, which makes some of the humour miss the mark.
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See it if You're a fan of fast-paced English humour and wit! Also if you'd like to see Jennifer Saunders on stage!!
Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humour
See it if You’re a fan of old fashioned and slightly ridiculous plays
Don't see it if You want to stay awake
Jennifer Saunders is a surprising beacon of subtlety in this brash reading of Noel Coward’s Forties comedy...But this amusing, awkward production undoubtedly belongs to Saunders.
[Jennifer Saunders is] prone to scratching herself furiously and when she struggles with flatulence she could be a refugee from a Carry On film. Above all, her comic timing is impeccable.
But in swapping tragedy for comedy, Eyre strains too much for comic eccentricity, and as a result, the comedy threatens to congeal instead of being liberated by it.
Jennifer Saunders is a one-woman tickle machine...So there is something really fitting about casting her as the spiritual medium Madame Arcati in this revival of Noël Coward's 1941 mega-hit.
Jennifer Saunders delights as a dotty medium...Noel Coward’s deathless comedy hits the West End in a deft, but dragging production by Richard Eyre.
There’s really only one reason to see Richard Eyre’s revival of Noel Coward’s minor, supernatural 1941 comedy, first seen at Bath last year, and that’s Jennifer Saunders. She is simply magnificent as the eccentric medium Madame Arcati
Saunders gets her laughs [and] the rest of the cast get a zinger or two each. This play’s revival is, on balance, a good thing for everyone involved.
As the psychic Madame Arcati in this marvellous production, Saunders channels AbFab’s Edina – only with more intrepidity.