The Information On: `A Funny Thing Happened...'
Wednesday 28 July 1999
Ian Talbot's big-hearted revival of Stephen Sondheim's daft but deft Roman scandals musical which inspired Up Pompeii! Ooh er missus...
Who's In It?
Roy Hudd as Pseudolus, resplendent in a colourful smock, injects the requisite farcicality into a role, whose previous incumbents include Zero Mostel and Frankie Howerd. Peter Gallagher plays Miles Gloriosus.
What They Say About It
"It must be admitted that there will be crisper, more detailed stagings of A Funny Thing..., but Ian Talbot directs with a winning sense of heart. He also sets up a terrific running gag that allows the four chorus boys to steal the show, doubling as the inept soldiers and the squealing gaggle of eunuchs who bring the house down with their every reappearance." David Benedict, The Independent.
"Politically correct? Absolutely not. Theatrically enjoyable? Absolutely yes... It's a show that in overlaying Plautine farce with American burlesque has strong claims, as this production confirms, to be the funniest musical ever written," Michael Billington, The Guardian.
Where You Can See It
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London NW1 (0171- 486 2431) in rep to 31 Aug
Arts & Ents blogs
There is a good many moments in the second episode of this psychological thriller that deserve refle...
The opening titles squeal ‘Never Can Say Goodbye…’. Oh Lord how I wish I could heave this series off...
Even though there was a complete absence of our favourite odd couple Brienne and Jaime, we got anoth...
This is the end... Keyboard player of The Doors Ray Manzarek dies of cancer aged 74
'He was lucky he didn't die' - George Michael fell out of speeding car onto M1 motorway, according to eye witness
Coronation Street triumphs over EastEnders at British Soap Awards 2013
School-gate mums: Is 2013's Fifty Shades a novel by Gill Hornby called The Hive?
Arrested Development returns but can the new episodes on Netflix capture the show's deadpan glory days?
- 1 'He was lucky he didn't die' - George Michael fell out of speeding car onto M1 motorway, according to eye witness
- 2 Austerity has hardened the nation's heart
- 3 Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
- 4 X marks the spot: The find that could rewrite Australian history
- 5 'It was just like the movie Twister': Man survives Oklahoma tornado by taking refuge in horse stall
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.