April In Paris At The Little Theatre Leicester


Reviewed by Katy Nettleton

“April in Paris” by John Godber, currently showing at The Little Theatre, is a theatrical experience that deftly weaves the humour and poignancy of everyday life into a captivating narrative.  As a Yorkshire native, I found the authenticity of the setting and the robust Yorkshire accents immediately endearing, lending a comforting realism that enriched the universal themes of the play.

Central to the narrative are the characters of Bet and Al, brought to life with exceptional depth and relatability by Kat Seddon and Steve Feeney.  Their performances encapsulate the raw emotional honesty of life’s everyday struggles, painting a vivid picture of a typical Yorkshire couple’s life.  The play navigates the nuances of their mundane existence in Yorkshire to their unexpected, life-altering trip to Paris.  This journey, both in the literal and metaphorical sense, forms the core of the play, examining the complexities of long-term relationships, the courage needed to embrace new experiences, and the pursuit of happiness in the unpredictability of life.

Photo Credit: Mary Jayne Harding Scott

Leigh White’s direction deserves high praise. His skilful approach not only elicits outstanding performances from Seddon and Feeney but also ensures that the stage evolves with the story.  The minimalistic set design, echoing classics like “Educating Rita,” serves as an effective blank canvas, inviting the audience to engage their imagination in completing the scenic backdrop.

The play deftly balances humour with moments of genuine empathy.  The audience is frequently found oscillating between laughter at the cleverly written humour and contemplation of the deeper, often unspoken truths of daily existence.  This balance, a hallmark of Godber’s writing and the Seddon and Feeney’s versatility, transforms “April in Paris” from a mere play into a reflection of our lives and relationships.

Photo Credit: Mary Jayne Harding Scott

The second act, set against the romantic backdrop of Paris, is particularly noteworthy.  As Bet and Al explore the city, their relationship also embarks on a journey of rediscovery.  The humorous depiction of their experiences, replete with cultural and linguistic misadventures, stands out, capturing the essence of the challenges and joys of stepping out of one’s comfort zone.

“April in Paris” at The Little Theatre is an unmissable production.  The play, with its relatable characters, witty dialogue, and a storyline that speaks to the heart of life and relationships, is a masterfully crafted piece of theatre.  It resonates profoundly with its audience, offering both laughter and insight.  A special mention must be made of the photographs by Mary Jayne Harding Scott, whose work captures the essence of the production, adding a visual depth that complements the theatrical experience wonderfully.

The accompanying music in “April in Paris” deserves a special nod for its tasteful and well-suited selection, which played a significant role in vivifying the play’s atmosphere.  This thoughtfully curated soundtrack enhanced the scenes, subtly elevating the overall experience of the audience.

Running from the 22nd to the 27th of January, the play offers more than just an evening’s entertainment; it is a conduit for reflection on life’s journey and the significance of embracing the moment.  With tickets starting at a modest £15, “April in Paris” is an appealing play for those seeking a thought-provoking, humorous, and heart warming experience. Tickets can be easily booked through The Little Theatre’s website ( or their booking line (0116 255 1302).

Overall, this is a 4.5 out of 5, and truly worth a visit.

Rating: 4.5/5

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