What a huge breath of fresh air this joint production with Shakespeare North Playhouse this is.
Superbly directed by The SJTs Artistic Director Paul Robinson this very loosely updated Shakespeare classic really works. The story has moved to England in the 1980s as two pairs of twins compete in being northern.
The 1980s soundtrack really works and is clearly received well by the audience, as are the outrageous costumes, one even fetching a round of applause.
A mention should go to the cast, with every one of them putting in a stellar performance but Andy Cryer really stood out in his many roles.
The second half descends into total mayhem, reminding me of Noises Off and leading one audience member into uncontrollable laughter.
The audience rose without hesitation to a standing ovation at the end, which was very much deserved. This wonderful show should go on tour and make it to the West End.
If you want an evening of fun as a bit of escapism from this troubled world then this is for you; what’s not to like?
At the Stephen Joseph Theatre until April 16th.