31 July to 1 August 2015
Reviewed by Kerry Hopkins
I was glad to have the opportunity to go along to this show, even though I knew who Tommy Cooper was I have never actually seen any of his performances so was interested to learn about this well-known and well-loved comedian.
We were warmly welcomed by the super friendly staff at the Shanklin Theatre on the Isle of Wight, where the show was being held, and shown to our seats. The theatre was clean and tidy and we were pleased to find also had comfy seats with plenty of leg room.
My friend who attended the show with me knew of Tommy Cooper more than myself and was excited for the show to start, knowing what kind of comedy we were going to experience. We weren’t disappointed with lots of laughs within minutes of the show starting and continuing the whole way through. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole show, which I was glad about as I was slightly apprehensive that I wouldn’t ‘get it’ not knowing of Tommy Cooper and his comedy that well.
Throughout the show I can confidently say that not one person in the audience was left disappointed and not laughing. Many times I was giggling away and during the interval I heard nothing but good comments made about how well Daniel Taylor had captured the character and manor isms of the late Tommy Cooper. During the interval, my friend and I made our way down to the bar/ green room where we purchased some drinks but we decided not to stay down at the tables there but return to our seats and get some yummy local ice cream that were being sold but more friendly staff. We found the prices for food and drinks very reasonable and were very pleased with our purchases.
Not knowing much about Tommy Cooper I was glad that this was a show about his life and not just the comedy and feel that these scenes were transitioned well between the comedy performance scenes and were told in a way I found easy to follow and understand as well as what I felt was sensitively whilst not taking away from the comedy side of the show. The two members of supporting cast were also greatly received, with one of my favourite scenes being the one where Tommy Cooper met the Queen.
Overall I loved this show and am so glad I went. Daniel Taylor and his supporting staff were great and were very, very funny. I would recommend this show to anyone wanting a good laugh and those who are interested in learning about a great late comedian as well as those who knew and loved his work.
A great night in a great theatre.
For shows at the Shanklin Theatre visit www.shanklintheatre.com.
Shanklin Theatre, Prospect Road, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, PO37 6AJ | 01983 868000