Birthday surprise from my wife and we attended a Saturday afternoon 13:30 performance. Firstly what a lovely plush hotel the Charring Cross is. My review will not contain spoilers but will give you a flavour. The event starts in the bar (like many episodes) with Basil and Sybil suitable arguing and organising the hotel bar staff as regards drinks. Manuel is present mingling with you / working and a lot is made of instructions where the words have two meanings. Prepare to be touched, manipulate, moved, and moved to laughter.
Using themes and subjects from many episodes with their own scripts you are seated and our soup was served. The food was of a high quality so you do actually get a very good meal unlike the food on the TV series. Manuels approach to service as you might expect is below par and he is in need of training. Food will arrive at your table (not served as such) and from all different directions. People that have previously worked in a hotel restaurant will cringe at what goes on.
It shows that all actors have studied the characters well.
Basil - Holding crown of nose, with twitchy frustrated fingers. The fast walking, the panic.
Sybil - Nice manner trying to smile and organise / criticise Basil. That classic laugh was bang on from the actress.
Manuel - Poor understanding of service, jumping into instructions. Spanish / English language mix. And the beatings and cartoon violence were suburb.
There were many families there and the language is of BBC broadcast standards as per the episodes. Young and old were not spared. You will be involved, bread may fly, you may be touched, sat on, pulled, organised, rushed.
At the end of it however you will have been fed, and like me thinking this is one of the best things you have ever been to.
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