Gutted – A Revenger’s Musical

****

4 Stars

I should probably start with a disclaimer; I love comedy and I love musicals, therefore a musical written by Martin White and Danielle Ward, the masterminds behind London’s bi-monthly awesome Karaoke Circus, and featuring some of my favourite comics, was going to have to work very hard not to impress and entertain me.

And I wasn’t disappointed – Ward and White have created a musical which finds its laughs in murder, funerals, love and revenge. From the opening moments when sketch trio The Penny Dreadfuls appeared on stage dressed like some sort of Tim Burton-esque macabre funeral assistants, to the final company number song the laughs just kept on coming. What was perhaps a little more surprising was the quality of the acting and singing on show; many of the cast are well-known as stand-up comedians but they are clearly talented musical theatre performers too.

Stand out performances come from Colin Hoult in the lead role of Mr Bewley, and (bona-fide musical theatre performer) Helen George as Sorrow, the titular Revenger. These main characters are ably supported by Doc Brown, Lizzie Roper, Sara Pascoe, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Michael Legge, and Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck of The Penny Dreadfuls, not forgetting a cameo by Jim Bob, formerly of Carter The Unstoppable Sex-machine.

This cast of comedians has been ably directed by Chris George, which can’t have been an easy task but he has certainly succeeded. If you are a fan of comedy and musical theatre then you really can’t go wrong with Gutted.

Reviewed by Sarah

The Assembly @ George Street

23.15 – 00.40

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