Reviewed by Linda Pickford
Last night I went along to see the stage production of Benidorm Live at the beautiful Theatre Royal in Plymouth. We received our usual friendly greeting by the staff and were directed to our seats. I was pleasantly surprised to find an almost capacity audience on a such a chilly autumn Monday evening. They were all in a very good mood eagerly waiting for the show to commence. Having never seen the original television programme, although it ran for 10 years, I waited with an open mind. I did recognise some of the cast especially Sherrie Hewson and Janine Duvitski with many of the other players being familiar.
The first act opened in the Hotel Solana on the Costa Blanca. The very snobbish couple trying to check in are not happy with their transfer from a more prestigious hotel and are not pleased with their lacklustre treatment. They demand to see the manager who arrives in the person of Sherrie Hewson and is greeted by great shrieks of glee by the audience. Indeed, they continue to do this throughout the performance whenever a favourite actor comes on. There follows an evening of almost constant double entendres, innuendo and one liners. Seaside postcard humour brought to life.
The whole ensemble were terrific together but I must admit my favourite was definitely was Jacqueline played marvellously by Janine Duvitski as the oldest swinger in town. Her requests for “Sausage in Cider and a Pink Pussy” were made with such a tongue in cheek attitude as to cause much delight. I also thought her karaoke number was hilarious.
Jake Canuso took the part of Mateo the lothario, masquerading as a barman. His later rendition of a Spanish flamenco took me by surprise as did the beautiful voice of Shelley Longworth who played Sam. Tony Maudsley as Kenneth the camp hairdresser at the hotel’s salon, The Blow and Go, received the greatest admiration and laughs of the evening. Very well deserved and I enjoyed seeing Adam Gillen as Liam who loved his dad and was desperate to prove that he is not gay.
You don’t need to have watched the TV series to follow the show but the long-standing fans will love it. Not really my cup of tea to be honest but the professionalism of the whole cast shown through.
There are numerous car parks and eating establishments in the vicinity of the theatre and also bus stops close by.
Tickets cost from £15 to £42 (booking fees may apply).
Benidorm Live is at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth from 22-27 October 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.theatreroyal.com or call the box office on 01752 267222.
Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR | 01752 267222