27-31 May 2014
Reviewed by Emma Rogers
Last night we visited the Churchill Theatre in Bromley to see Last of the Duty Free.
For anyone who remembers the 1980s ITV sitcom, this is the 30-year instalment of that show, complete with sangria, Spanish waiters and cream cakes. Surprisingly, all but one of the main cast are the same Keith Barron, Gwen Taylor and Neil Stacy. Even the writer, Eric Chappell is the same.
The story is based on the same 2 couples meeting up in the same hotel, mostly by predictable surprise. The writing, unfortunately, was still in the 1980s as were many of the jokes although the first half seemed rather thin on the ground in that respect. The quick wit of Keith Barron and Gwen Taylor saved most if the second half dialogue. Taylor’s delivery was probably the best of all during the evening, with the other actors saving an otherwise poor script and storyline. As an aside, it is amusing to watch so many talented actors on stage and picture the min all the TV roles they’ve each played since the real Duty Free show ended nearly 30 years ago.
The best part of the show is not the visual comedy but the banter between the actors. The references about their early tears together was reminiscent of any middle-aged marriage, sometimes a bit too closely!
Come and see this play if you want to see some of your favourite actors having a good time and want to remember the sitcom comedy of the 1980s.
Tickets cost from £11.90 to £32.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Last of the Duty Free is at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley until 31 May 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 08448 717 620.
Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1HA | 08448 717 620