London is widely regarded as one of the main homes of theatre in the world and one of the latest productions to hit the capital has proved to be a hit with audiences and critics alike.
Alan Ayckbourn’s A Chorus of Disapproval, which opened at the Harold Pinter Theatre in September, follows an amateur operatic society’s attempts to put on a production of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera.
Directed by Trevor Nunn, this hilarious play will have guests staying in hotels in London rolling in the aisles as the lives of the amateur performers mirror those of the characters they are playing.
Running until 5th January, the show has an all-star cast including Gavin and Stacey star Rob Brydon, former Eastenders actor Nigel Harman and Ugly Betty and Extras star Ashley Jensen
Writing for the Telegraph, Charles Spencer singled out Brydon for particular praise, with the reviewer praising the Welsh actor for his “funny and touching” performance as the Welsh director who is unhappy in his marriage.
He wrote: “There’s a deliciously bossy bumptiousness about him, not least when he auditions a new recruit and completely takes over the singing himself – needless to say in Welsh.
“But Brydon is also poignant when he describes his troubled marriage, a confession that, in a typical Ayckbourn twist, is broadcast to the entire company over the theatre Tannoy.”
Mr Spencer was also a big fan of Harman, who plays an unlikely lothario called Guy and enjoys an illicit relationship with the director’s wife, who is played by Jensen.
Those planning a trip to London in November will be able to attend a special Q&A session on 14th November attended by Ayckbourn, Nunn and Brydon. Audience members will be able to ask the trio anything they like about the show.
Tickets for the shows are still available priced from £10. The Harold Pinter Theatre, formerly known as The Comedy Theatre, is located within walking distance of Piccadilly Circus London Underground station on the Piccadilly line.