Great Comedy At The Duke Of York’s Theatre
If you like theatre and enjoy comedy, then you shouldn’t miss ‘Jumpy’ at the Duke of York’s Theatre in the heart of London’s West End. The other night I had the pleasure of seeing the brilliant Tamsin Greig, in the lead role of Hilary coming to terms with being 50 and trying to cope with an impossibly stroppy teenage girl.
What was so great about this very funny show? Many things….. a masterclass in comedy timing from Tamsin Greig, who played her role with great insight and sincerity; a creatively minimalistic and very pragmatic set; a highly observational and witty script from April De Angelis; some clever direction from Nina Raine and some wonderful supporting roles from a real ensemble cast. Other highlights were the inspired but incongruous burlesque routine from Doon Mackichan and the highly believable portrayal of a surly teenager played by Bel Powley.
With all the addictive temptations of the Paralympics on TV, it was great to see live theatre at its very best doing such good business. Royal Court Theatre Productions and the Ambassador Theatre Group have a real winner here with ‘Jumpy’.
By the way, if you are wondering why the show is called ‘Jumpy’ … well you will find out … but you’ll have to wait until the final moment! Enjoy.
Dates: Thursday 16 August to Saturday 3 November 2012
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm.
Saturday and Wednesday matinees at 2.30pm
Ticket prices: £15-£52.50. 20 best price seats at £10 each, available in person only, at the box office from 10am on the day of the performance. Concessions and group discounts apply (Students £25 on Wednesday matinees / Seniors £32.50 Monday to Thursday in advance, £29.50 on the door). See website for full details.
Access Performances: Audio-Described: Saturday 6th October 2.30pm
Captioned: Tuesday 16th October 7.30pm
Address: Duke of York’s Theatre, St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BG
Box Office: 0844 871 7623